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Application of Russia’s wresting team for 2016 Olympics approved — ROC president

July 27, 20:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"I have been informed that the applications of the Russian national squad for Greco-Roman, free-style and women’s wrestling for the 2016 Olympics have been approved," Alexander Zhukov said
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Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee president

Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee president

© Artiom Korotaev/TASS

MOSCOW, July 27 /TASS/. The application of the Russian national wresting squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics has been approved, Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee president, said in an interview on the Rossiya 24 television news channel.

"I have been informed that the applications of the Russian national squad for Greco-Roman, free-style and women’s wrestling for the 2016 Olympics have been approved," Zhukov stressed.

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.

The IOC said that athlete who had ever been caught in doping abuse would not be allowed to compete in Rio even if they had served their disqualification.

The XXXI Summer Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro on August 5-21.

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