Rio Olympics 2016: UK Sport chief 'disturbed' by IOC's decision on Russia

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The McLaren report looks into claims dozens of Russian athletes were doped in the build-up to Sochi 2014

UK Sport chief Liz Nicholl says she was "disturbed" by the International Olympic Committee's decision not to ban Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics.

Individual sport federations were left to decide whether to bar Russia following a report in July which alleged state-sponsored doping.

The country is banned from September's Paralympics in Rio.

"I was disappointed the IOC delegated responsibility to the federations," she told Radio 5 live's Wake Up To Money.

"I personally think that if there has been such evidence through [Richard] McLaren's report of a significant state-level doping regime in a country then the state should suffer the consequences."

That report, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, alleged that Russia operated a doping programme for four years across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports.

It stated that it was "planned and operated" from late 2011 - including the build-up to London 2012 - and continued through the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics until August 2015.

Wake Up To Money: Sports Edition will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live on Saturday, 3 September at both 05:00 and 11:00 BST.

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