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IOC meets to decide on Russia’s Olympic participation

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC government board is meeting to decide if Russian athletes can contend at the impending Pyeongchang Olympics even with evidence that the nation ran an orchestrated doping program at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee did not bar Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC instead asked athletics governing bodies to decide which athletes could contend.

The IOC could now impose a stricter sanction by letting Russians to contend only as neutral athletes without a national flag or anthem.

IOC President Thomas Bach is scheduled to announce the 14-member board’s selection at 7:30 p.m. (1830 GMT).

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