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  • The Ins and Outs of Russians at Rio 2016 -- Federations Focus


    07/27/16

    (ATR) International Federations are scrambling to determine the eligibility of Russian athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics following the IOC decision on July 24 that passed the decision on to the IFs.

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    With the Games now less than 10 days away, here’s where each IF stands.

    Full Team Cleared for Rio

    Archery: The three Russian athletes who have qualified for the Games will be allowed to compete. None of the athletes were implicated in the McLaren report and did not have any past doping violations.

    Badminton: The Badminton World Federation will allow its four Russian athletes qualified for Rio to compete at the Games while also approving its two alternates.

    Equestrian: FEI president Ingmar De Vos said there was “no indication of any organized doping malpractices within the Russian equestrian delegation,” allowing the Russian equestrian team to compete at Rio.

    Fencing: After the FIE re-examined the results from 197 tests taken by Russian athletes in 35 countries, including Russia, between 2014 and 2016, all retests came back negative. The 16 Russian fencers who qualified for Rio will all be allowed to compete as will the four alternates.

    Gymnastics: The FIG has cleared the entire Russian gymnastics team consisting of 21 athletes.

    Judo: With Russian president Vladimir Putin as honorary president of the International Judo Federation, there was little doubt that IJF chief Marius Vizer would clear the country’s judokas for Rio. All 11 Russians, seven male and four female, will go to Rio, Vizer confirmed to Reuters, insisting they had been drug tested many times at home and abroad since last September.

    Table Tennis: All three Russian table tennis players have been cleared to compete in the upcoming Games. Each athlete underwent full testing and was not implicated in the McLaren findings that were released Jul. 18.

    Tennis: Each of the eight tennis players from Russia that qualified will be allowed at the Olympics after the ITF president David Haggerty said each athlete had been subject to a “rigorous” anti-doping program. One of the most recognizable Russian tennis players Maria Sharapova will not compete at Rio due to her current ban for the use of meldonium.

    Triathlon: The six Russian triathletes who qualified for Rio will be allowed to participate in the Games according to the ITU. “None of the six Russian triathletes that have qualified for 2016 Olympics are included in the McLaren report, nor have any of them served suspensions or bans for failed doping tests," an ITU statement says.

    Shooting: The International Shooting Sport Federation will allow its Russian athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics following a unanimous vote by its executive committee. The ISSF says the 18 Russian shooters who were entered by the Russian Olympic Committee have not previously tested positive for doping and were not included in the recently published McLaren report.

    Volleyball: The FIVB has approved both the volleyball and beach volleyball teams from Russia to compete at the Games.

    Partial Bans


    Aquatics: Seven of sixty-seven athletes have been barred from the swimming, diving and water polo events for the Rio Games. FINA is banning the reigning world breaststroke champion, Yulia Efimova, who is preparing an appeal for the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

    Canoeing: Out of twenty-three athletes, five have been deemed ineligible to compete in the 2016 Olympics including Dyachenko, European Champion Andrey Kraitor, Olympic bronze medallist Alexey Korovashkov, Elena Aniushina and Natalia Podolskaia.

    Modern Pentathlon: The federation’s executive board said that as Maksim Kustov and Ilia Frolov “were responsible for samples labelled as ‘Disappearing Positive Methodology’”, they would miss Rio. “According to the McLaren report, both athletes tested positive for trenbolone, methenolone and oxandrolone when the samples were analyzed in a Moscow laboratory in August 2014 but the findings were not reported as such,” the federation said.

    Rowing: World Rowing says 22 of 28 Russian rowers and coxswains have been banned from the 2016 Olympics. The 17 exclusions announced this evening came on the back of Monday's announcement that five rowers had been barred from the Games. While none of the 17 athletes have failed a doping test since 2011, they have had samples pass through the Moscow anti-doping lab. McLaren's report reveals how samples were manipulated to ensure athletes had clean results.

    Sailing: The World Sailing board of directors has approved six Russian athletes that will be allowed to compete at Rio while barring one athlete from the competition. Pavel Sozykin is the only Russian sailor not admitted by World Sailing. Sozykin’s name was implicated in the McLaren report and because he competes in a two-person race classification, the ROC will have the opportunity to nominate another athlete to take his place.

    Full Bans

    Athletics: The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the total ban of the Russian track and field team from the Rio Games last week. The IAAF banned the country following the Independent Commission report by WADA that exposed the state-sponsored doping program in Russia. Only long jumper Darya Klishina, who trains in the United States, has been permitted to compete so far.

    Still Waiting on Information

    Weightlifting: The International Weightlifting Federation will decide the fate of eight Russian weightlifters with the possibility of a ban of the entire team. The federation announced on June 22 that Russia would lose two quota places for the Rio Games because of doping violations. IWF stated that if the testing of 'B' samples proved to confirm that if any country had three or more violations in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic re-testing program, the country would be suspended from international competition for one year, thus being excluded from Rio alongside the already suspended Bulgaria.

    Golf: Maria Verchenova is the lone Russian golfer entered for Rio, having qualified among 60 players based on the International Golf Federation world rankings.The International Golf Federation tells Around the Rings it is reviewing and evaluation criteria set forth by the IOC on Sunday in regards to Verchenova - who is based in Moscow - but there is no exact timeframe for a decision.

    Boxing, cycling, handball, taekwondo and wrestling have all yet to decide on whether its Russian athletes will be allowed at the Games.

    Not Qualified

    Russia did not qualify any athletes in the following four sports: football, basketball, field hockey and rugby.

    ASOIF Seeks to Clarify Anti-Doping Efforts

    The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations is respecting the IOC decision to allow each IF to decide which Russian athletes can compete but is disgruntled by the way the entire situation has been handled thus far.

    “ASOIF regrets the way that the Russian case has been treated by important voices, both inside and outside the Olympic movement, which have attempted to give priority to media exposure and political influence while disrespecting the existing roles and responsibilities and disregarding the timing and impact on the preparation of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” ASOIF said in a statement.

    Moving forward, ASOIF says it will willingly contribute its position on any doping violations as well as its recommendations to the IOC for consideration.

    “This contribution will include a request to review and clarify the responsibility, structure, procedure and investment of all parties involved in the fight against doping,” ASOIF says.

    Written by Kevin Nutley and Courtney Colquitt

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