USOC leader defends stance on Russian doping

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee defended his support of the decision not to ban Russia’s entire team from the Rio Games.

Chairman Larry Probst also is an International Olympic Committee member. He was among the 84 members who approved the IOC executive committee’s call to allow individual sports to determine which Russians could compete.

At a USOC news conference Friday, Probst said that decision was not going to change, so there was no use voting against it. Only one IOC member did: Britain’s Adam Pengilly.

But Probst reiterated what he said in the IOC meeting Tuesday — the anti-doping system is broken. He said the problem goes deeper than Russia, and the system in place clearly is not working.

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