Russia says final decision on Olympic ban expected Sunday


MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top Olympic official says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio.

The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that accused Russia’s sports ministry of overseeing doping of the country’s Olympic athletes.

Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says “the issue will be finally resolved by the end of this week, probably on Sunday.”

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will issue its verdict Thursday on Russia’s appeal to overturn the IAAF ban on its track and field athletes for the games. The IOC will take that into account before making its own decision.