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Russia says 272 athletes approved for Rio

29 July 2016, 17:39

Moscow - Russia's Sports Minister says 272 of the country's athletes have received approval from international sports federations to compete at the Rio Olympics under new restrictions imposed due to the Russian doping scandal.

Vitaly Mutko tells Russian media that "as of today, 272 athletes have definitely been admitted to the Olympics," adding that a final figure would be available Saturday.

Also read: Putin talks of 'discrimination' against athletes

Russia had originally planned to send a 387-person team, but that has steadily been reduced as federations removed those who had previously served doping bans and those implicated in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report alleging a massive cover-up of failed drug tests.

Russia's largest losses are in track and field, with 67 of 68 athletes barred, while the situation remains unclear in some sports, notably weightlifting and boxing.

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