Rus­sian ath­letes to learn Olympics fate July 21

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Rus­sian ath­letes who say they are not drug cheats could find out if they can com­pete at this sum­mer’s Rio Olympics just 15 days be­fore the Games start.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has reached an agree­ment with the ath­letes and ath­let­ics’ gov­ern­ing body, the IAAF, to end their dis­pute quickly.

The IAAF has banned Rus­sia’s ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion from the Olympics be­cause of wide­spread dop­ing in the coun­try.

But 68 clean ath­letes are ar­gu­ing they should be al­lowed to com­pete.

The Rus­sian Olympic Committee (ROC) says any Rus­sian ath­lete who is not banned for dop­ing and has met qual­i­fi­ca­tion stan­dards should be al­lowed to com­pete in Rio.

CAS said it would rule on the mat­ter by 21 July “at the lat­est” after agree­ing to “an ex­pe­dited pro­ce­dure.

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