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IOC Panel clears Russian badminton players for 2016 Rio Olympics — federation

August 04, 18:53 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. The Independent Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allowed Russian badminton players to compete in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, the Russian National Badminton Federation said in a press release on Thursday.

According to a letter from Thomas Lund, the Secretary General of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), addressed to the Russian National Badminton Federation, the BWF received a letter from the IOC on Wednesday saying that the participation of all four Russian badminton players who passed the qualifying round in the Olympic tournament has finally been confirmed.

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 Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will be held from August 5 to August 21.

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