Russian badminton cleared for Rio Olympics

Russian badminton cleared for Rio Olympics

Russian badminton cleared for Rio Olympics

Written by Tharushan Fernando

28 Jul, 2016 | 4:17 pm

Badminton has become the most recent sport to clear Russian competitors to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio.

Governing sports bodies must rule on whether or not Russian athletes can compete, following the country’s doping scandal.

108 out of the 387 Russian team have been banned from the games, which is set to take place on the 5th of August.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) states that the final line-up will be announced on 30-31 July.

Badminton World Federation’s (BFW) Thomas Lund stated that there is a ‘rigid drug-testing programme, especially leading up to Rio 2016’, and all four Russian athletes have been tested and their samples have been analysed outside of Russia.

Eligibility desicion are still pending for Boxing, cycling, golf, gymnastics, handball, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling

Following a farewell ceremony hosted by President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin,around 70 Russian athletes left Moscow for Brazil on Wednesday,


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