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Russian handball players not tested positive ahead of 2016 Olympics

July 21, 2016, 20:18 UTC+3

The International Handball Federation says it studies McLaren's report and the statement of the IOC

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MOSCOW, July 21. /TASS/. Russian handball players have never tested positive in the run-up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the press service of the International Handball Federation (IHF) told TASS.

"Regarding the participation of athletes from Russia, we are glad to report that no positive sample was recorded for handball players from Russia. The International Handball Federation follow the WADA Code and are in very close contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency," the IHF press service said.

"Nevertheless, the IHF immediately formed a working group chaired by the IHF Anti-Doping Unit Chairman to study the report of Mr Richard H. McLaren and the statement of the IOC and report to the Council in its meeting scheduled on 23 July 2016," it said.

Russia women’s handball team has qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, released a report on Monday on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service (FSB) supported the doping program in Russian sports.

Following the report WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

The final decision on the admission of Russian athletes to the 2016 Olympics, due to kick off early next month, is yet to be made by the IOC Executive Board, which plans to hold a conference on the issue on July 24.

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