Following 'new guidance' on how to implement sanctions by the International Olympic Committee, the ban on Russian athletes competing in the Rio Games was eased as the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Wednesday.
The IOC had initially said any athlete 'implicated' in the state-run doping revealed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren should be excluded from the Games.
But a new statement sent to the 28 summer Olympics federations on Monday "indicated that an athlete should not be considered as 'implicated' if the McLaren list does not refer to a prohibited substance which would have given rise to an anti-doping rules violation," the sailing federation said.
CAS said at least 11 of the 18 appeals launched at a special tribunal in Rio since 26 July involved Russian athletes banned after they were implicated in the McLaren probe. In comparison, the 2012 London Olympics, only saw 11 such cases in total.
An IOC spokesman said that a panel that will confirm the Russian team was still "very close" to finishing the final number.
According to an AFP report, at least 119 athletes from the 387 entered by the Russian Olympic Committee have now been excluded by federations.
List of prominent athletes affected after the ban:
Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko said on Saturday that the national team to compete in the Rio Olympics starting next week so far has 266 competitors, although decisions were still pending on several athletes. However, 276 player names show up when searched on the official Rio 2016 website so far.
Here are some of the Russian athletes that won't be competing in Rio so far:
Published Date: Aug 04, 2016 13:57 PM | Updated Date: Aug 04, 2016 13:57 PM