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The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it would take up to a week to decide whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics over its "state" doping machine.The IOC executive decided Tuesday to wait until after a Court of Arbitration in Sport ruling expected Thursday before deciding whether a blanket Olympic ban on Russian competitors should be imposed.The IOC, which said it needed to study all "legal options," has now signaled it will take every day possible for one of the most important decisions in Olympic history.The IOC has already banned Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and all other ministry officials from the Rio Games and withdrawn backing for international events in Russia over the doping program revealed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren this week.Some senior officials have expressed doubts whether the IOC wants to expel Russia.Dick Pound, an IOC member and former WADA president, said it was right for the IOC to take time to make a decision.The IOC said it would not give backing to any international sports events in Russia.
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