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ISAF allows 6 out of 7 Russian athletes to compete in Rio 2016 Olympics

July 26, 20:50 UTC+3
The ISAF has allowed athletes Sergei Komissarov, Stefaniya Yelfutina, Maxim Oberemko, Denis Gribanov, Alisa Kirilyuk and Lyudmila Dmitriyeva to take part in the Games
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LONDON, July 26 /TASS/. The International Sailing Federation has allowed 6 out of 7 Russian athletes to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) press service 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.

The ISAF has allowed athletes Sergei Komissarov, Stefaniya Yelfutina, Maxim Oberemko, Denis Gribanov, Alisa Kirilyuk and Lyudmila Dmitriyeva to take part in the Games.

Pavel Sozykin was the only yachtsman barred from competing in the Olympics because his name was mentioned in McLaren’s report. ISAF recommended the Russian Olympic Committee to replace Sozykin with another yachtsman.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) now has to confirm ISAF’s decision.

WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports 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.

Meanwhile, Russian judo and badminton teams were allowed to go to RIO on Monday.

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 Badminton World Federation (BWF) has allowed Russian badminton players to participate in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, the press service of the National Badminton Federation of Russia said.

"The National Badminton Federation of Russia has received a letter from BWF Secretary-General Thomas Lund who said that the BWF had sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee confirming the participation of all Russian athletes selected for the Olympics in the 2016 Olympic Games," the National Badminton Federation of Russia said.

I would like to thank BWF President Poul-Erik H·yer and Secretary-General Thomas Lund for a fair solution and for the help they are giving to us at this difficult moment," Andrei Antropov, the president of the National Badminton Federation of Russia, said.

"The entire team is impatient and excited to see the process over in order to get back to a normal psychological regime in the very last stage of the selection, which turned out to be so hard for the whole team," Antropov said.

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

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