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World’s amateur boxing body to study doping profiles of all Russian 2016 Rio fighters

July 25, 17:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The International Amateur Boxing Federation said that it has taken note and supports the Decision of the IOC Executive Board concerning the participation of Russian athletes in 2016 Olympic Games
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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) will individually review anti-doping profiles of all 11 Russian boxers selected for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro next month, the federation’s press service said in a statement addressed to TASS.

"AIBA has taken note and supports the Decision of the IOC Executive Board concerning the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games Rio 2016," the statement said. "We are reviewing and analyzing, on a case by case basis, the anti-doping record of the 11 Russian boxers currently qualified for Rio 2016.

"This information and the decision of AIBA in respect of the athlete’s eligibility will be submitted to the IOC for confirmation in due course," according to the statement. "AIBA remains committed to the WADA Code and will deal with any breach of the AIBA Anti-Doping Regulations."

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 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.

According to the details, 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 had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

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

Following a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on Sunday that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

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