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International Handball Federation set to retest all of Russian women’s team players

July 25, 20:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"The samples will be analyzed by one of the WADA accredited laboratories which will integrate the results dire," IHF statement said
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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The International Handball Federation (IHF) told TASS on on Monday it intended conduct a thorough analyses of all players in the Russian women’s national squad ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, due next month in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.

"After the decision of the IOC on 24 July concerning the Russian athletes who will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and due to the short time, the IHF reacted immediately by sending a letter to the Russian Handball Federation to collect whereabouts information in order to conduct out-of-competition tests of the Russian women’s team participating in the 2016 Olympic Games," the statement from the IHF for TASS said,

"The samples will be analyzed by one of the WADA accredited laboratories which will integrate the results dire," the statement added.

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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