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IOC Independent Commission allows Russian canoeist to compete in Olympics

August 04, 10:32 UTC+3
Two Commission members out of three voted to allow, one abstained
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MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Independent Commission has allowed Russian canoeist Andrey Kraitor to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the athlete’s lawyer Mikhail Prokopets told TASS on Thursday.

"The Independent Commission voted yesterday to allow Kraitor to compete in the Olympic Games. Two (Commission members) out of three voted to allow, one abstained," Prokopets said.

"A session at CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) was planned for yesterday. Before that, the international federation cancelled its decision on banning (Kraitor from participating in the Olympics), and the case was transferred to IOC Commission that decides on allowing athletes to compete in the Olympics. That’s why there was no point in the CAS session," Prokopets said. 

The Russian athletes in question are two canoeists - Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov - and three kayakers - Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaia and Alexander Dyachenko.

"There are 27 cases from the 25 Canoe Sprint athletes named in report, 11 have already been sanctioned and 15 have not competed at senior international level," the statement said.

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