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GENEVA, August 4. /TASS/. The Independent Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given the go-ahead for three Russian archers to compete in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, the World Archery Federation said in a press release on Thursday.
The Russian team includes world champions Ksenia Perova, Tuiana Dashidorzhieva and Inna Stepanova. The men’s team failed to pass the qualifying round to take part in the Rio Olympics.
"After confirmation that none of the three athletes had ever been sanctioned for a doping violation and that all three had been tested extensively in the period before the Olympics, World Archery submitted a report on 25 July 2016 to the IOC that endorsed the athletes’ participation in Rio 2016. On 4 August, the IOC approved Stepanova, Dashidorzhieva and Perova’s participation in the archery competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," the press release said.
IOC President Thomas Bach 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 that 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 recently formed IOC Independent Panel is having a final say on the participation of particular Russian athletes in the Olympics, which kick off with promises of a spectacular opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night.
The Panel lists three members: Ugur Erdener, the head of the IOC Medical Commission, Claudia Bokel, an IOC Executive Board Member and the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., an IOC Executive Board Member.
The Independent Commission of 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.
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.
As a result, WADA suggested that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.
The Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will be held from August 5 to August 21.