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ROC puts 9 more athletes on entry for Rio Olympics — attorney

August 05, 18:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 5. /TASS/. Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) has put nine more athletes on the national entry for the Rio 2016 Olympics after the double punishment rule was canceled, ROC’s attorney Alexandra Brilliantova told TASS on Friday.

Sports attorney Mikhail Prokopets told TASS earlier that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had considered the case of Russian rowers Anastasia Karabelschikova and Ivan Podshivalov and overturned the IOC ruling that Russian athletes who have been sanctioned for doping cannot compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Swimmers Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtsova and Anastasia Krapivina, wrestler Viktor Lebedev, rowers Ivan Podshivalov and Anastasia Karabelshchikova, and cyclists Ilnur Zakarin, Olga Zabelinskaya and Sergei Shilov fall under this criterion. Karabelshchikova has unsufficient number of doping tests, which constitutes another criterion for Olympic participation.

"All athletes who are covered by the canceled criterion were put on the Olympic entry yesterday. But they will have to face a ‘triple filter’: the international federation, a CAS expert and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) panel. We expect all," Brilliantova said.

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 and they are: 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.

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 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 IOC Independent Panel has already granted permission to a total of 271 Russian Olympians to participate in the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. Russia’s initial roster included 387 athletes.

The 31st Summer Olympic Games, the very first for Latin America, will be held in the resort city of Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21.

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