Doping investigator blames pre-Olympic doping chaos on WADA

Two-hundred and seventy-one Russian athletes will compete in Rio despite the release of the McLaren Report documenting widespread state-run doping practices.

Russian swimming great Alexander Popov also hit out at the track and field ban and levelled a personal attack on Britain's Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF.

Despite calls for a blanket ban on the Russian athletes from the World Anti-Doping Agency, the IOC later made a decision not to ban the entire Russian Olympic team from participating in the Rio Olympics, choosing to leave it to the individual sports federations to decide on athletes' fate.

The International Judo Federation also stated that all Russian athletes who qualified for the Games will be able to compete.

"Thomas has spoken about the concept of individual justice versus collective responsibility - it's what our United States Constitution is all about", Probst said "It's not the ideal solution, but I think it's the best solution that could have been arrived at given the information and facts that were available".

They will be joined by eight Russian tennis players, 18 shooters, 11 judokas and Russian golfer Maria Verchenova, the sports' worldwide federations said.

Neither the athlete nor the sport is expected to be officially announced until the B-sample is tested.

The respective governing bodies of athletics and weightlifting, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Weightlifting Federation, had already decided that no Russian athletes will take part in their sports during the Games.

The CAS asked the rowing federation FISA to reconsider their cases in the ruling.

CAS rejected the athletes' appeal to be granted direct entry into the games, saying it was now up to the global rowing and swimming federations to decide whether to let them in or not.

However, WADA president, Craig Reedie, hit back telling International Olympic Committee delegates that although anti-doping systems weren't ideal, not all of them were broken. In 2011, it annulled the IOC's so-called "Osaka rule", which would have barred any athlete who had received a serious doping punishment from the subsequent Olympics.

Zhukov said the conditions imposed by the International Olympic Committee means Russia's 271-strong team would now be the cleanest at the Rio Games.

Zhukov also said it was unfair that Russian sports stars such as double Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva would now watch the Games from home while past doping offenders including top USA runner Justin Gatlin took to the field. "I think our athletes are ready to compete, they're looking forward to it and I don't think they're spending any time worrying if the Russians are going to be there".

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with the Russian Olympic team in the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 27, 2016. "We had to respect basic principles of natural law".

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