Russia could get completely banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics

Posted: 10:22 AM, Jul 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-18 11:22:23-04

Russia's massive athlete doping scandal could get the country barred from the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 

The New York Times reports  anti-doping agencies representing at least "10 nations and 20 athlete groups" are expected to pressure Olympic officials as early as Monday to ban Russia. 

Right now, all Russian track and field athletes are barred from the games after the World Anti-Doping Agency found evidence of a widespread, state-backed doping scandal during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

On Monday, lawyer Richard McLaren is expected to layout the most detailed report yet into just how widespread Russia's doping scandal went. If the evidence is bad enough, the agencies are expected to proceed with the request to ban Russia. 

Pat Hickey, president of the European Olympic Committees, urged caution before making such a rash decision.

Hickey said in a statement, "Whilst I fully understand and share international concerns over the recent doping allegations, we cannot allow any individuals or groups to interfere or damage the integrity of fair and due legal process."

A decision on Russia's eligibility would need to come down quickly as the Olympics are about two weeks away. 

If a countrywide ban is implemented, it's not completely clear how it'd impact Russian athletes competing as independents. 

Only two Russian  track and field athletes  have been granted permission to compete at the Rio Olympics as independents. 

But the athletes' decision has  drawn some criticism

The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled for  Aug. 5.

This video includes clips from  BBC NBC  and images from Getty Images. 

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