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IOC extends provisional measures against Russia
December 7, 2016 / 4:10 PM / 9 months ago

IOC extends provisional measures against Russia

A view through a fence shows the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters, which also houses the management of Russian Athletics Federation in Moscow, Russia, November 10, 2015. The Russian Sports Ministry said on Tuesday it was open for closer cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in order to eliminate any irregularities committed by the Russian anti-doping watchdog and its accredited laboratory. WADA has recommended that Russian athletes are excluded from international events including the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.Maxim Shemetov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS697U

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it had extended provisional measures against Russia over its doping scandal "until further notice" pending the evaluation of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-commissioned report.

The measures, first imposed on July 19 following the publication of the first part of the so-called McLaren report, include having no IOC-sanctioned events in Russia and urging sports federations to look for alternative locations for events.

Some of the other measures, such as a ban on accreditations for Russian officials, were linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Canadian law professor Richard McLaren will deliver the second part of his report into state-sponsored doping in Russian sport on Dec. 9 at a London hotel.

The much-anticipated report is expected to provide more details on an elaborate doping scheme operated by Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics which McLaren outlined in his original report released in July.

That led WADA to recommend that the entire Russian team should be excluded from August's Rio Olympics.

Although Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at Rio, the IOC rejected a blanket ban and let international sports federations decide which athletes were eligible to compete.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Ken Ferris

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