Moscow - Russia has canceled a ceremonial send-off for its
Olympic athletes heading to Rio, as the prospect of a ban for Russia's whole
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday upheld a ban
on Russia's track and field team imposed due to widespread doping.
That ruling could encourage some international sports
officials calling for a ban on Russia's entire delegation across all sports,
following allegations the government organized a mass doping cover-up.
Also read: Russia loses appeal against Olympic track and field ban
The Russian Olympic team's chef de mission for Rio, Igor
Kazikov, tells the R-Sport news agency that a send-off ceremony planned for
Friday has been canceled and "we need to see what's what" before
On Wednesday, the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin
would not take part in a previously scheduled meeting with Russia's Olympians.For
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