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Russia confident majority of its athletes to compete in Rio

Russia is confident that most of its Olympic team will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro, but its efforts to reinstate banned athletes are a mixed bag.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday told local media that 272 of the country's athletes had been approved by international sports federations, out of an original team of 387, adding that the number could rise.

More than 100 Russian athletes have been excluded by sports federations, including a blanket ban on the track and field team and more than 30 rejected under new International Olympic Committee rules.

After the World Anti-Doping Agency accused the Russian government of directing a vast doping cover-up, the...

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