Fireworks are seen during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 3, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA
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Two Russian swimmers implicated in a bombshell report on state-sponsored doping were given the green light to compete at the Olympics Thursday as Brazil prepared for the much-awaited opening ceremony.Vladimir Morozov and Nikta Lobintsev, who were both implicated in the World Anti-Doping Agency report headed by Richard McLaren, are among 31 Russian swimmers confirmed to take part in Rio, world swimming body FINA said.Although five Russian swimmers remain banned, all of the country's water polo players, synchronized swimmers and divers have been allowed into the Games. Foreign dignitaries began arriving in Rio Thursday, with French President Francois Hollande lending his support to Paris' bid to host the 2024 Games.Some 10,500 athletes are taking part in the Games, which end on Aug. 21 .
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