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Entire Russian boxing team cleared for Rio Olympics — AIBA

August 04, 13:36 UTC+3
The International Boxing Association has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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Russian boxing team members

Russian boxing team members

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MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. The Review Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has admitted the entire Russian boxing team to compete at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

"In accordance with the decision of the IOC Executive Bureau (EB) of July 24th AIBA has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and submitted its recommendation on their eligibility to the IOC based on the criteria outlined in the IOC EB decision," the AIBA’s statement said.

"That process is now complete and confirmation has been received from the IOC Review Panel," the statement said.

The Russian boxers eligible to compete at the Rio Olympics include Vasilii Yegorov (49 kg), Misha Aloian (52 kg), Vladimir Nikitin (56 kg), Adlan Abdurashidov (60 kg), Vitaly Dunaytsev (64 kg), Andrey Zamkovoy (69 kg), Artem Chebotarev (75 kg), Petr Khamukov (81 kg) and Evgeny Tishchenko (91 kg).

The Russian female boxing team will be represented by Anastassiia Beliakova (60 kg) and Iaroslava Iakushina (75 kg).

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a 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 investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

As a result, WADA suggested that the International Olympic Committe, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

After a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion is scheduled to be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of track and field competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

He made the statement after a teleconference by the IOC Executive Board, which, however, ruled than no Russian athlete, who had been previously sanctioned for doping would be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if their previous restrictions had expired as well as any athlete mentioned in the McLaren report.

The Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on August 5 - 21.

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