International Olympic Committee exploring "legal options" on possible ban of Russian team Rio Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has postponed its decision on possible ban of the Russian national team from the Rio 2016 Olympics till weekend, Spain's newspaper Marca said on Tuesday.

Encourage individual sports federations to look for any Russian infringements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code.

The report, which accused the Russian Ministry of Sport of overseeing doping of the nation's Olympic athletes on a vast scale, listed 20 summer sports as being part of the cheating conspiracy.

The IOC executive board met by teleconference to consider steps following the widespread doping allegations detailed in Monday's report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. The IOC will also take into consideration the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the IAAF's ban of Russian track and field athletes.

"It is important to focus on the need for individual justice in all these cases".

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko denied covering up the doping cases and expects his staff to be cleared. That's already the case with the IAAF, which barred Russia's track athletes from the games following previous WADA-commissioned reports into Russian doping.

The 2016 Rio Olympics will feature one of the most talented field of female athletes in Team USA history. Earlier this week, FINA posted a message of support for the Russian Federation, before release of the McLaren report, and the Russians last week said that they had a positive meeting with FINA about future hosting duties.

Richard McLaren, appointed by WADA to lead the independent commission, revealed his findings at a media conference in Toronto on Monday and stated Russian Federation had a system in place to cover up positive tests in "many sports".

The Russian president acted quickly to suspend all other leading officials mentioned in McLaren's report, including Mutko's deputy Yuri Nagornykh, but the minister himself has survived.

IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee wouldn't hesitate to apply the toughest sanctions available.

"Russia is confident that involving politics in worldwide sports and using politics as an instrument for pressure in sports affairs is absolutely inadmissible", Peskov said.

Though Mutko's ministry allegedly orchestrated doping cover-ups across Russian sports and the Sochi Olympics, the FIFA ethics panel can act only on football issues. "This is a crime against the both documents, the most important ones in global sports", Zhdanov said.

The International Sports Organisations will now have to evaluate the IP Report and then take the appropriate measures, according to their respective rules.

Russia, which had strongly denied any state involvement, is already banned from worldwide athletics by the IAAF, because of doping exposed a year ago. Quite which medals will be reallocated at this time is unclear and the numbers involved but it will inevitably be a lengthy process as it will need to go through the necessary worldwide federations and subsequently the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Beijing to Close Off Parts of South China Sea for Military Drills
Sad: Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Broke Up