A World Anti-Doping Agency panel recommended that Russian athletes should be forced to compete as neutrals at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo and other major events.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended that Russia be declared noncompliant, setting up a showdown for Olympic eligibility.
In another blow, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) maintains a ban on the Russian athletics federation pending analysis of the data.
Rune Andersen, head of the doping task force for the International Association of Athletics Federations, recommends the Federations uphold ban on Russian athletes, first imposed in 2015 over mass state-sponsored doping.
Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov says doping ban for Russian Olympic athletes has been lifted and the athletes' rights have been "fully restored."
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement that it had found insufficient evidence that the 28 athletes, banned by the IOC, were guilty of anti-doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Individual sports federations will have primary responsibility for determining every Russian athlete's eligibility for Rio
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