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ROC, FTAR dismiss media reports on blanket ban of Russian weightlifters at Rio Olympics

July 26, 20:27 UTC+3
Earlier, the Life new website said that all Russian weightlifters have received a written notice that they are not eligible to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games
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MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Federation of Weightlifting of Russia (FTAR) have dismissed media reports that the entire Russian weightlifting team was banned from the Rio 2016 Olympics, Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the ROC’s legal department, told TASS on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Life new website said that all Russian weightlifters have received a written notice from the International Weightlifting Federation that they are not eligible to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

"The Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian Weightlifting Federation have no information about suspension of all Russian weightlifters from the Olympic Games," she said.

FTAR President Sergei Syrtsov said the report is nothing but "sheer lie." "It is being done deliberately. We have no such information and no results," he said.

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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