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Russia’s judo squad allowed to compete in Rio Olympics — IJF president

July 26, 17:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Asked about the 11 Russian judo competitors who have qualified for the Olympics, IJF President Marius Vizer said: 'They will go to Rio'
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MOSCOW, July 26 /TASS/. The International Judo Federation (IJF) has allowed the entire Russian squad to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, IJF President Marius Vizer said.

The International Olympic Committee did not ban the Russian national Olympic Squad from the Rio 2016 Olympics at its meeting last Sunday but left it up to the world governing bodies (federations) of each sport to decide if Russian teams can go to Rio after the World Anti-doping Agency said there was a state-sponsored programme of doping in Russian sport.

Asked about the 11 Russian judo competitors seven male and four female who have qualified for the Olympics, Vizer told Reuters by telephone: 'They will go to Rio.'

"All those athletes have been tested starting from September last year until the end of May, on many occasions, at many international judo events, not in Russia, abroad from Russia," Vizer said.

"There was no punishment, no negative evidence, we don't take into consideration any analysis or tests made in Russia, because for us it is not relevant," Vizer added.

The 2016 Olympic Summer Games are kicking off in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.

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