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Olympic movement can hardly exist without Russia - Lalovic

August 07, 5:33 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
He also said that United Wrestling World has no claims with regards to Russian Wrestling Federation
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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 7 /TASS/. The world Olympic movement cannot exist and develop without Russia, Nenad Lalovic, the president of the United World Wrestling (UWW), told journalists.

Earlier, Lalovic said that a report of the WADA independent commission chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren mentioned 20 Russian wrestlers but that the UWW would check only two of them for doping abuse.

According to him, Russia has to work towards removing all doubts and becoming the leader in fighting doping. This is the right time for it. I am sure that there are no problems of which we had been told (in the Russian Wrestling Federation). But if there is some fault, then Russia should react to it. Of course, the Olympic movement is impossible without Russia," Lalovic stressed.

He also said that United Wrestling World has no claims with regards to Russian Wrestling Federation. Only two wrestlers will be checked following McLaren’s report.

What happened

On July 18, the WADA independent commission chaired by Richard McLaren submitted a report on results of investigation into accusations of doping manipulations at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. The WADA executive committee used the report as a basis for its recommendations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the International Paralympic Committee and international sport federations to ban Russian athletes from the competitions.

On July 28, ROC President Alexander Zhukov said that 16 out of 17 wrestlers who applied for participation in the Olympic Games would compete in Rio as part of the Russian Olympic squad in Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle and women’s wrestling. Two-time World Freestyle Champion Viktor Lebdev was barred from competing in Rio because of previous doping violations in compliance with the new criteria of authorizing Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games. Lebedev appealed the decision in the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. On Saturday, Igor Kazikov, the head of the Russian Olympic delegation, told TASS that the IOC panel had cleared Lebedev of all the charges and had authorized him to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, which will close on August 21.

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