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270 Russians Cleared To Compete At Rio Games

Posted: Aug 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema

Lagos – 270 out of the 287 Russian athletes in Rio have been cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics by the International Olympics Committee (IOC), even as 100 Russians have been banned by the same body.
Till now, about 119 athletes from Russia, including the whistleblower and 800m runner, Yulia Stepanova, have been banned from the Games.
Though, facts about those cleared were not immediately known, but CNN reported last night that the IOC has cleared these athletes.
According to CNN, facts about those athletes cleared to participate at the Games were from Russia camp in Rio.
A three-member International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel ratified the decisions regarding 11 boxers, 18 shooters, six sailors and one golfer.
The panel is made up of Juan Antonio Samaranch Jnr, son of former IOC president; Claudia Bokel, an IOC Executive Board Member and Ugur Erdener, head of the IOC Medical Commission.
According to information from the IOC, the panel will likely ratify the decisions already taking by various Federations instead of overturning decisions on the 287 Russian athletes deemed eligible to compete.
The Russian weightlifting team and 17 rowers failed in appeals against bans.
Eight tennis players, 11 judoka and two swimmers have been cleared by their federations and their cases will now be heard by the three-member IOC panel.
The IOC asked individual federations to decide whether Russians could compete following the country’s doping scandal.
The International Weightlifting Federation excluded all eight Russians entered for Rio last week and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled the ban had been “properly applied”.
CAS has now heard 18 cases since its division in Rio was opened on 26 July, a record for one Olympics.
The CAS panel ruled that the International Rowing Federation decision to deny the rowers entry to the Rio Games was in accordance with the IOC decision of 24 July, which set out the criteria for the admission of Russian athletes to compete in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Pavel Sozykin has had his doping ban overturned by World Sailing and his case will also now be heard by the three-person IOC panel, which is making the final decision on all of the country’s athletes in Rio.
Swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev were the first athletes from the country to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban.
Any Russian who has served a doping ban will not be eligible for the Olympics. Track and field athletes have already been banned.