The International Olympic Committee says it would not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Games over the nation's doping record. Gavino Garay reports.
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~**Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE* Facing increasing pressure with the Rio Olympics fast approaching, the IOC has decided against a collective ban on Russians competing in the games. There had been an air of uncertainty over whether the country's athletes would be allowed to compete after an independent report found evidence of state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Top IOC officials agreed that the committee will leave the decision on whether or not Russian athletes can compete to their respective international sports federations. IOC President Thomas Bach says the committee had to do right by clean athletes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SAYING (AUDIO LAID OVER STILL OF BACH IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (JUNE 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL): "It's fine to speak about 'collective responsibility' and 'we are banning everybody', but at the end of the day you have to be able to look into the eyes of the individual athlete concerned by your decision" The IOC says Russian athletes competing in any of the 28 Olympic summer sports must have a spotless record on drug testing. In Sochi itself... a sigh of relief. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) TOURIST FROM OMSK, NATALYA, SAYING: "I was following it, I was emotional over it. I didn't want our team to be left on the sidelines. Looks like they are allowed to compete, we are happy." The Russian government claims the doping allegations are part of a Western conspiracy against their country.