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The IOC executive board said in reaction Tuesday it would explore the "legal options" for a complete ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Games.

Montreal:International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were set for emergency talks today to decide Russia's status for the Rio Olympics after an investigation found rampant state-run doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events.

In this regard, recommendations of the agency are quite simple - to remove Russian athletes from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.

"We expect a decision within seven days on the participation of Russian competitors in Rio", IOC media relations chief Emmanuelle Moreau told AFP.

Dick Pound, who was WADA's first president, told BBC radio: "I do get the impression, reading between the lines, that the International Olympic Committee is for some reason very reluctant to think about the total exclusion of the Russian team". A total of 386 athletes, including 68 field and trackers, entered the list of the Russian Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, but the roster is still has to be approved by the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, the committee's president, said on Wednesday. Russian Federation plans to send a total of 387 athletes, including 68 in track and field, he said.

"That was a very Vlad decision, but we are offering them a chance to put things right". And I think this would be a good message to the other countries who may be cheating that it's not going to be tolerated.

Regardless of how the various doping-related cases turn out, Zhukov said a Russian Olympic boycott was out of the question.

WADA has called for Russian Federation to be banned and are believed to have backing from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and other nations.

For their part, the Russians have reacted to the McLaren report with the same mixture of anger, defiance and qualified acceptance that greeted earlier incriminating reports by Richard Pound, an IAAF task force and UK Anti-Doping, which is now overseeing drug-testing in Russia on behalf of WADA.

The scandal stems from a November report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) charging the Russian sports ministry with running a doping program, mostly for members of its national track and field team, as The Christian Science Monitor reported in June.

The IOC has said it will announce its decision regarding Russian on July 24 - less than two weeks from the start of the Rio games on August 5.

It also said it was starting disciplinary action against the officials named in the report, withdrawing its support for any multi-sport event staged in Russia and asking all federations representing winter Olympic sports to "freeze" plans to stage any events in Russia.

It is known that the WADA report, which accused Moscow of creating a special mechanism for substitution of doping samples of athletes at the Olympic Games in Sochi, became the reason for discussion.

This will include proposals to clarify and increase transparency of the respective responsibilities in the fight against doping; the accreditation and supervision procedures of WADA accredited laboratories; and the WADA "International Standards for Laboratories" (ISL).The IOC is reinforcing the request issued by the Olympic Summit on 17 October 2015 to make the entire anti-doping system independent from sports organisations.

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