Russian athletes learn Rio Olympic fate

Russian athletes in boxing, swimming, canoe, polo and synchro swimming will be able to compete for their country at the Rio Olympics.

Boxers, swimmers, canoeist, polo team among several to escape ban

Russia's Vasilii Egorov of Russia, right, is one of 11 athletes cleared to represent his country in boxing at the Rio Olympics. (Osama Faisal/The Associated Press)

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said a final ruling on the entry of Russian athletes to the Rio Olympics will be announced late Thursday.

Earlier in the day, several sports federations began revealing the results of the review from the IOC.

Eleven Russian boxers who qualified for the Rio Olympics have been given the all clear to compete at the Games, the International Boxing Association said.

"AIBA has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," AIBA said in a statement.

"That process is now complete and confirmation has been received from the IOC Review Panel that the following 11 Russian boxers are eligible to compete at Rio 2016."

The IOC opted not to ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics after revelations of a wide state-backed doping programme across many sports.

Instead the Games' ruling body directed sports federations to allow Russian athletes to compete if they met a set of criteria, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events.

The IOC announced on Saturday that a three-member panel would review the decisions by the individual sports federations over the eligibility of Russian athletes.

In the men's boxing competition, Vasilii Egorov (49kg), Misha Aloian (52kg), Vladimir Nikitin (56kg), Adlan Abdurashidov (60kg), Vitaly Dunaytsev (64kg), Andrey Zamkovoy (69kg), Artem Chebotarev (75kg), Petr Khamukov (81kg) and Evgeny Tishchenko (91kg) were cleared to compete.

The two Russian women boxers who will compete at Rio are Anastassiia Beliakova (60kg) and Iaroslava Iakushina (75kg).

Additionally, the IOC has allowed 29 Russian swimmers to take part in the Games, R-Sport news agency cited swimming's world governing body FINA as saying on Thursday.

Swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, as well as female swimmer Yulia Efimova are not on the list, however, the agency reported.

Lobintsev and U.S.-based Morozov were part of Russia's bronze-medal winning 4x100-metre freestyle team at the London 2012 Games, while Lobintsev also won a silver medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay at Beijing 2008. Efimova is a four-times breaststroke world champion.

The IOC has allowed the whole Russian synchronized swimming team and the Russian female water polo team to take part in the Olympics, R-Sport said.

It was also announced that the International Canoe Federation has allowed Andrey Kraitor, twice Europe and world champion, to compete at the Rio Olympics, R-Sport news agency cited his lawyer Yuri Zaitsev as saying on Thursday.

Eight Russian tennis players also escaped the ban, as well as 11 judoka, all 18 shooters and golfer Maria Verchenova.

By Reuters, with files from CBC Sports


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