Written by Tharushan Fernando
05 Aug, 2016 | 4:50 pm
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), has stated that Russia will have 271 athletes eligible to compete at the Rio Games,
This would mean that out of a 389 original line-up, more than two-thirds have been cleared; despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommending a blanket ban after a state-sponsored doping scandal.
Russia’s Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said his country stated that the Russian team may have experienced the ‘toughest checks of the Olympics, because they had to go through multiple tests and checked’and with more tests being conducted at the Olympic Village “the Russian team is probably the cleanest in Rio.”
Zhukov charged that a “flagrant injustice” that some Russian athletes would not be in Rio.
“Athletes such as Yelena Isinbayeva and Sergey Shubenkov who have never been associated with the issue of doping and who are absolutely clean cannot take part in the Olympics Games, but many sportsmen like, for example, the American runner Justin Gatlin, who have served doping bans, will.” he said
Isinbayeva won Olympic gold in the women’s pole vault at London 2012 while Shubenkov is the world 110m hurdles champion.
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