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IOC Panel clears Russian kayaker Elena Aniushina for 2016 Rio Olympics

August 10, 20:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Kayak2-500 competitions are scheduled for August 15, and K1-500 - for August 17
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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. The Review Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled to allow Russian kayaker Elena Aniushina to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, currently underway in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, Yevgeny Arkhipov, the president of the Russian Canoe Federation, told TASS on Wednesday.

"The IOC Panel have cleared Aniushina for her participation in the Olympics," Arkhipov said. "Jointly with [Kira] Stepanova she will be entered for the 500-meter Kayaking doubles competition (Kayak2-500) and individual 200-meter kayak race (K1-200)."

Kayak2-500 competitions are scheduled for August 15, and K1-500 - for August 17.

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 the spectacular opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro last Friday.

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.

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