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UIPM bans two Russian pentathlon athletes from 2016 Rio Olympics

July 26, 18:05 UTC+3
UIPM announced that Maksim Kustov and Ilia Frolov were banned from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil
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Russian athlete Maksim Kustov

Russian athlete Maksim Kustov

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PARIS, July 26. /TASS/. The International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) announced on Tuesday its decision to ban Russian athletes, Maksim Kustov and Ilia Frolov, from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil next month.

According to the statement from the UIPM, both athletes were barred from the Olympic tournament as they were mentioned in the recent report of the global anti-doping organization’s Independent Commission.

"Based on information provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the request of UIPM following the publication of the McLaren Report, UIPM has established that Maksim Kustov (Russia) and Ilia Frolov (Russia) were responsible for samples labelled as "Disappearing Positive Methodology," the statement says. "According to the McLaren Report, both athletes tested positive for trenbolone, methenolone and oxandrolone when the samples were analysed in a Moscow laboratory in August 2014 but the findings were not reported as such."

"The Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation (RMPF) has been informed that, as a result, Maksim Kustov and Ilia Frolov are no longer eligible to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games," the UIPM said.

Apart from that, the UIPM has banned the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation to select other athletes to replace the banned ones. According to the UIPM, the place left vacant following the ban will be reallocated to Ruslan Nakonechnyi of Latvia.

The 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 to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

After 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.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decisions on Russian athletes have been referred to relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if they have served the sanction.

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