IOC Panel to Have Final Say on Russian Athletes Going to Rio

The International Olympic Committee says a three-person panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio games.

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After the IOC had said that the governing bodies of each individual sport would decide if Russian competitors are clean amid claims of state-sponsored doping, it has now said a panel will decide whether to accept or reject rulings on each individual.

The executive board “decided to delegate the final decision on the acceptance of entries of Russian athletes to a Review Panel composed of three IOC Executive Board Members,” the IOC said in a statement on its website Sunday.

The three members of the panel are Ugur Erdener, Claudia Bokel and Juan Antonio Samaranch.

The review panel is due to make a final decision in the coming days, according to the statement.

The games are due to start on Aug. 5.

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