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IOC delays Russia-ban ruling until after court's decision

But it bars Russia's Sports Minister from Rio Games, withdraws backing for international events in Russia

The controversial Mr Mutko (right), a long-time ally of Mr Putin, is the highest-profile casualty of the first sanctions as the IOC grapples with the biggest doping scandal in Olympic history.


THE International Olympic Committee has barred Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Games and withdrew backing for international events in Russia over a state-run doping programme, but delayed ruling on a complete ban on the country until after a key court case on...