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IOC bans Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from Rio Olympics following doping scandal

Deputy sports minister Yury Nagornykh is among officials to have been suspended by the Kremlin since the report was released on Monday.

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 21:06
IOC bans Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from Rio Olympics following doping scandal

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday barred Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and other ministry officials from attending the Rio Games after the revelation of a state-run doping system.

"The IOC will not grant any accreditation to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the (independent) report for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016," said an IOC statement.

An independent inquiry commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency said the Russian sports ministry organised a `state-dictated failsafe system` of cheating by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics and other major events hosted by Russia.

Deputy sports minister Yury Nagornykh is among officials to have been suspended by the Kremlin since the report was released on Monday.

AFP
First Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 21:06

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