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IFs announce Russian athletes cleared for Rio 2016

Decisions on the eligibility of Russian athletes for the upcoming summer Olympic Games were announced by a host of International Federations (IFs) today (Thursday).

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) said all 11 Russian boxers who qualified for Rio 2016 will compete following confirmation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Aiba said it had been notified of the decision by the IOC’s three-member panel, responsible for reviewing the eligibility of all Russian athletes who are approved to compete by their respective IFs.

The IOC last month decided to reject widespread calls to impose a complete ban on Russia amid allegations of a state-sponsored doping regime, instead opting to leave it to individual IFs to decide which athletes should be allowed to compete. IFs have been directed to allow Russian athletes to compete if they meet a set of criteria, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events. Their judgements are being reviewed by the IOC panel.

Aiba said it has received clearance for nine male and two female Russian boxers to compete. Meanwhile, the International Judo Federation (IJF) said all Russian judoka qualified for the Olympic Games, “tested many times before the Games and clean”, will attend the judo event in Rio.

The Russian judo team comprises seven male and four female judokas. IJF president Marius Vizer last month said the sport’s Russian team would be allowed to compete at the Olympics. Russian President Vladimir Putin is an honorary president of the IJF, holds a black belt in judo and is frequently shown on television practicing the sport. In addition to Putin’s honorary role at the federation, one of his closest friends sits on its executive committee. Vizer has rejected claims that either factor played a role in its decision.

Elsewhere, the IOC has confirmed the eligibility of eight Russian tennis players to compete at Rio 2016, the International Tennis Federation said today. The International Golf Federation added that it has received IOC clearance for Maria Verchenova to compete.

World Sailing said it received confirmation this morning that six sailing athletes from Russia, three male and three female, have been declared eligible to compete in the Games. World Sailing is awaiting a final decision on the eligibility of a seventh athlete from Russia – Pavel Sozykin. Yesterday, the World Sailing Board of Directors determined Sozykin should be nominated for participation in Rio 2016, based upon new guidance provided by the IOC in determining athlete eligibility.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday (Wednesday) rejected an appeal filed by the Russian Weightlifting Federation against the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) decision to impose a blanket ban on its athletes. The IWF last week became the second IF after the International Association of Athletics Federations to apply a total ban on Russian athletes.