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World Sailing revises its decision on Russian Olympic yachtsman

August 03, 20:45 UTC+3 GENEVA
On July 26, World Sailing permitted six of the seven Russian yachtsmen to participate in the Rio Games, Sozykin was not on the list
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GENEVA, August 3. /TASS/. Board of Directors of World Sailing on Wednesday revised its initial decision to ban the Russian yachtsman Pavel Sozykin from competing in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio and declared him eligible for the Games.

The WS said in a report the decision of its Board of Directors, which convened via teleconference, was based on "new guidance provided by the International Olympic Committee".

The report said however that "Mr. Sozykin's entry for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games must still be confirmed by the IOC and the review panel established through the Court of Arbitration for Sports."

On July 26, World Sailing permitted six of the seven Russian yachtsmen to participate in the Rio Games but Sozykin was not on the list, as he was mentioned in the report of the so-called McClaren commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"In the case of Mr. Sozykin, though he was identified in the McLaren Report in connection with the Disappearing Positive Methodology, the report did not include specific information as to whether the positive test occurred in-competition or out-of-competition," World Sailing said. "Further, the substance for which he tested positive is not prohibited out-of-competition and, if the sample had been taken out-of-competition, would not have resulted in a sanction."

"The World Sailing Board of Directors also noted that Mr. Sozykin has had at least two subsequent anti-doping tests with no adverse results," the report said.

World Sailing warned it would monitor closely the progress of investigation into the assertions regarding Pavel Sozykin in the McLaren Report.

"If it is determined that an anti-doping rule violation did in fact occur, the relevant tribunal may disqualify Mr. Sozykin from any results obtained since October 2014, when the sample in question was taken," it said.

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