More Russian Athletes Banned From Rio Olympics

Eighteen more Russian athletes’ dreams of competing at the Rio Olympics were bashed this week. Earlier on Tuesday, eight athletes across canoeing, modern pentathlon and sailing were banned, as seven swimmers and three rowers were on Monday.

Governing bodies are making the rulings following the damning World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into state-sponsored doping in the country.

The Rio Games begin on 5 August.

It leaves Russia with six eligible rowers from the 28 initially put forward for Rio.

The International Olympic Committee has said individual federations should decide if Russians can compete following Wada’s report.

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said he was “disappointed” with that decision, while Germany’s Olympic discus champion Robert Harting said he was “ashamed” of his compatriot Thomas Bach, president of the IOC.

Some international federations have banned Russians from competing altogether, some have issued a partial ban, while others have cleared all Russian athletes to take part.

Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, had already opted to ban Russian track and field athletes unless they can satisfy strict doping criteria. So far, only one athlete has been able to do that.

Governing body Fisa said the latest 17 rowers and two coxes to be banned are “not considered to have participated in doping” but do not meet the IOC’s criteria of having been tested in labs outside of Russia.

The decision means only Aleksandr Chaukin, Georgy Eremenko, Artem Kosov, Nikita Morgachev, Vladislav Ryabcev and Anton Zarutskiy are left from Russia’s original squad of 28.

On Monday, Fisa’s ‘first stage’ of its response was to rule out one rower implicated in the McLaren report and a further two for having served doping suspensions previously.

Fisa added the places of four Russian boats would be attributed to other nations.

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