Many are accusing the International Olympic Committee of not taking decisive action against Russia for its alleged state-sponsored doping programme.

The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are just a few weeks away. But hundreds of Russian athletes still don't know whether they'll be competing.

The International Olympic Committee was expected to impose a blanket ban on Russia. But instead the organisation announced on Sunday that Russian athletes will be individually drug-tested and scrutinised before they can be cleared for competition.

Thomas Bach, IOC president, says the plan is ambitious but necessary.

So what's behind the IOC's decision on Russia?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Vladimir Mikheev - Independent analyst with the Troika Report Project.

John Goodbody - Freelance sports reporter for The Sunday Times.

Aurel Braun - Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Source: Al Jazeera