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Rio: Russia faces certain ban

International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were set for emergency talks on Tuesday to decide Russia’s status for the 2016 Rio Olympics after an investigation found rampant state-run doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called for all Russian competitors and officials to be banned from next month’s Games and other events after the report unveiled what IOC president Thomas Bach called “a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games.”

A probe by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren for WADA found Russia’s secret service helped “the state-dictated failsafe system” carried out by the Moscow sports ministry and sprawling into 30 sports over five years.“The scale of what was happening requires Russia be banned from the Olympics and Paralympics,” said British IOC athletes commission member Adam Pengilly.When asked if no ban imposed could mark the beginning of the end of the IOC, former skeleton competitor Pengilly replied, “It certainly has that potential.”

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