<p>FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The IOC's ruling 15-member executive board will meet Sunday, July 24, 2016 via teleconference to weigh the unprecedented step of excluding Russia as a whole from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)</p>
The IOC has approved the entry of 271 Russian athletes for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee announced the decision Thursday night, about 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the games.
The 271 approved athletes come from Russia's original entry list of 389.
The IOC asked international sports federations to decide which Russian athletes should be cleared to compete after a review of their doping records. That followed an investigation for the World Anti-Doping Agency that detailed state-sponsored cheating in Russia.
The final decision on entries was up to a three-member IOC panel, which received advice from an independent sports arbitrator.
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