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FISA allows 6 out of 28 Russian rowers to compete in Rio 2016 Olympics

July 26, 22:02 UTC+3 GENEVA
"Six Russian rowers, including Alexander Chaukin, Georgy Yefremenko, Artyom Kosov, Nikita Morgachev, Vladislav Ryabtsev and Anton Zarutsky, have met all FISA criteria," the FISA press service said
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GENEVA, July 26 /TASS/. The International Rowing Federation (FISDA) has allowed 6 out of 28 Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, the FISA press service said.

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.

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 program of doping in Russian sport.

"Six Russian rowers, including Alexander Chaukin, Georgy Yefremenko, Artyom Kosov, Nikita Morgachev, Vladislav Ryabtsev and Anton Zarutsky, have met all FISA criteria and will be able to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio. The other rowers do not match the criteria set after the IOC summit held on July 24, 2016," the FISA press service said.

Russian rowing boats which qualified for the Olympics in the LM4-, LW2x, M8+ and W8+ classes have been banned from competitions. Their quotas will be handed over to other rowing crews in accordance with the rankings of the final qualifying Regatta held in Luzern in May 2016: LM4- Greece; M8+ - Italy; W8+ - Australia and LM2x - Italy.

The XXXI Olympic Summer Games will take place from August 5 to 21.

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