Mutko said the decision cleared the way for Russian participation
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The International Olympic Committee has rejected clarion calls for Russia to be banned from next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record, offering athletes a lifeline by ruling that decisions on individual competitors will be left to the international sports federations.The IOC's decision Sunday, less than two weeks before the Rio Games opens on Aug. 5, follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's call for a blanket ban in response to the independent McLaren report that found evidence of state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the decision cleared the way for Russian participation.The International Tennis Federation wasted no time in clearing the seven Russian players nominated for Rio.It also ordered the immediate re-testing of all Russian athletes from the Sochi Olympics.
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