Fencers, triathletes and table tennis players became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics by the governing bodies of their sports ahead of the Moscow ceremony, but the IAAF rejected a bid by the bulk of the track and field team to be reinstated.
So far 105 of the 387 athletes Russian Federation named in their Olympic team have been barred from the Games.
Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov on Wednesday told state-run Rossiya-24 that despite the bans more than 250 athletes are set to participate in the Rio Olympics. Does this then mean that the McLaren report, commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to investigate the extent of doping in Russian sports, is not being used by Moscow's rivals to single out and shame Russia on the world stage, given that many other nations have faced this problem but without such harsh penalties?
[Investigators] exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russian Federation that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code.
He called on those athletes who are being allowed to compete to "show the whole world that we can win in an open and fair manner".
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media that Putin had discussed the doping issue with his national security council.
However, R-Sport news agency cited FIG's vice president Vitaly Titov as saying that the Russian gymnasts have been cleared to compete.
The disquieting thing about the Russian doping scandal has been its scope and duration. He also accused the Russian secret service of providing active assistance with the cover-up, which he says took place before, during and after the Sochi Olympics.
The International Association of Athletics Federation imposed a total ban in November, which was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week.
Aside from giving athletes dope, Russian officials also allegedly covered up their tracks by switching the urine samples with clean ones.
The IOC's response was to pass the responsibility for decisions on Russia's participation in Rio to the 28 worldwide sports federations that govern each sport in the summer programme.
But it was Putin who assumed the role of head cheerleader, the 63-year-old former KGB officer bidding the country's athletes good luck, calling them "winners" and promising them financial rewards if they won medals in Rio.
The channel does not cover the Olympics themselves, which are aired by rights holding broadcasters around the world. Expectedly, this decision has been derided by Russia-baiters as cowardly and reflective of the Olympic authorities' inability to stand up to Putin.
That took the number of Russian competitors banned since Sunday to 41, in addition to 67 members of the track and field team excluded by the IAAF.