• World Championships gold medalist Mariya Kuchina, right, rests with the other Russian athletes as she waits to make an attempt in the women's high jump during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Kuchina is among the more than 100 athletes who have been barred from competing in the Rio Olympic Games by international sports federations under sanctions which most Russian athletes consider unfair. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia confident majority of its athletes to compete in Rio

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is confident that most of its Olympic team will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro, but its efforts to reinstate banned athletes are a mixed bag.

  • FILE In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 file photo Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus makes an attempt in the final of the Women's Shot Put during the World Athletics Championships, in Osaka, Japan. While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia’s problems

    MOSCOW (AP) — While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.