Although the change will have no immediate effect on current bans on the Russian federations for athletics, weightlifting and paralympics, it opens the door for their return, following the reinstatement of the Russian Olympic Committee after the country was banned from this year's Winter Games in South Korea.
Women are barred from entering sumo rings because they're considered sacred spaces. A female mayor who can't open a sumo competition in her city is now working with other female mayors to change the practice.
In the 19th Swamp Soccer World Championships in the small town of Hyrynsalmi, the Russian team Lakes Profi won their second consecutive title by beating Finland's Horstin Honkays in the final in a penalty shootout.
Putin was at Russia's opening game against Saudi Arabia but skipped the following four — despite the national side, the tournament's lowest-ranking, defying expectations and reaching the quarter-finals.
Rescue teams in northern Thailand were giving crash courses in swimming and diving on Wednesday as part of complex preparations to extract a young soccer team trapped in a cave, and hoping for a swift end to their harrowing 11-day ordeal.