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Decision on Russian athletes who can compete in Rio expected Tuesday

RIO DE JANEIRO — Russia’s sports minister says a decision is expected in the next two days on which athletes will be allowed to compete in Rio de Janeiro.

Vitaly Mutko spoke during a visit to Paris-based UNESCO on Monday where he presented a report on what is being done in Russia to fight doping — after the World Anti-Doping Agency accused the Russian government of directing a vast cover-up.

Mutko insists “there is no state system of doping in Russia.”

The IOC won’t allow Russians to compete in Rio if they had previously been banned for doping, were implicated in the alleged cover-up or had not been tested often enough internationally.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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