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Rio 2016: The sports Russia will and won't compete in amid Olympic doping scandal

"Who’s Really in the Fight Against Doping? It’s Clear Once Again"

Updated Sat at 6:22am
Yuliya Stepanova

Photo: Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova has been
ruled out of competing at Rio by the IOC. (Supplied)

Map: Russian Federation .. http://www.google.com/maps/place/Russian%20Federation/@60,100,5z

After all the fall-out, threats of a blanket ban and the IOC's dallying, which Russian athletes will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics, and who is missing out?

Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games.

The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics.

So who's been banned and who's off to Rio? Here is the doping low-down across the 28 Olympic sports.


Photo: Yulia Efimova is one of the Russian swimmers banned from competing in Rio.
(AFP: Henning Bagger)

Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.

FINA said the "exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified" and an "ad hoc commission will have to investigate".

All samples collected from Russian swimmers at the 2015 world championships are being re-tested.


Russia's three-member archery team has been given the all clear to take part in the Rio Games by the World Archery Federation (WA).


Photo: Russian long jumper Darya Klishina is the only athlete to have been cleared to participate
in Rio as a neutral athlete. (Getty Images: Cameron Spencer)

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has upheld the ban of all Russian track and field athletes from Rio except any allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

Long jumper Darya Klishina is the only athlete to have been cleared to participate in Rio as a neutral athlete.

Whistleblower and middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova had been cleared to compete at the Games as a neutral athlete by the IAAF but was ruled out by the IOC due to her past doping record.


The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has included four Russian players in the draw for the Rio Olympics, "pending the validation of the International Olympic Committee".


The International Boxing Association is yet to announce a decision on 11 Russian boxers.


Photo: London 2012 gold medallist Alexander Dyachenko (R) has been banned from competing
in Rio. (Getty: Harry How)

Five Russian canoe sprint athletes have been banned from competing in Rio by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).

London Games gold medallist Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor, Alexey Korovashkov along with Elena Aniushina and Natalia Podolskaia have been banned.


A decision has yet to be made on 18 Russian cyclists hoping to compete in Rio.


Five Russian riders have been cleared by the sport's governing body (FEI) to compete at the Rio Games.


Photo: Ekaterina Dyachenko (L) Yana Egorian (2nd L) and Sofya Velikaya (R) are part of
Russia's 16-strong fencing team. (Getty Images: Augusto Bizzi)

The International Fencing Federation cleared the 16-member fencing team.


A decision has yet to be made on one Russian golfer hoping to play in golf's return to the Olympic Games.


The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said it had sent the names of Russian gymnasts eligible for participation at the Rio Games to the IOC for verification.

However, R-Sport news agency cited FIG's vice-president Vitaly Titov as saying that the Russian gymnasts had been cleared to compete.


Photo: Russia's women's handball team member Marina Sudakova waits for check-in before
the team's departure for Rio. (Reuters: Sergei Karpukhin)

The International Handball Federation has announced that it is conducting out-of competition tests on the Russian women's team participating at the Rio Games.


The International Judo Federation, which lists Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honorary president, has given the green light for the 11 Russian judo competitors to take part.

Modern pentathlon

Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov have been barred from the Olympics because of prior anti-doping offences, but three other Russians, including former world champion Aleksandr Lesun, will compete at Rio.


Photo: Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew has been banned thanks to Sergej Fedorovtsev's (L)
failed doping test. (Reuters: Kin Cheung)

Ivan Balandin from the Russian men's eight has been banned from competing at Rio by the World Rowing Federation.

Anastasiia Karabelshchikova and Ivan Podshivalov, who had been sanctioned for anti-doping violations in 2007/2008, were also not eligible for the Games.

Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew were banned from Rio after one of their members, Sergej Fedorovtsev, failed a doping test in May.

On Tuesday, the federation said that 17 entered rowers and two of the coxes did not meet conditions to take part but six Russian rowers were cleared for Rio.


World Sailing has provisionally confirmed the participation of six athletes from Russia for the Games. Pavel Sozykin was the lone athlete banned from competing in Rio.


The International Shooting Federation (ISSF) has cleared all 18 Russian shooters to compete at the Games.

Table tennis

Three Russians await a decision from the International Table Tennis Federation.


Three Russians have qualified for Rio but await a decision from the World Taekwondo Federation.


Photo: Svetlana Kuznetsova is among seven tennis players cleared to play in Rio. (AFP: Peter Parks)

All seven Russian tennis players have been cleared to compete in Rio by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).


The International Triathlon Union has cleared all six Russian athletes for the Rio Games.


International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) said it had submitted a list of Russian volleyball and beach volleyball participants to the IOC and CAS for approval.

R-Sport reported that the Russian volleyball team had been cleared to compete at Rio.


The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has banned Russia's eight-strong Olympic Games weightlifting team from competing in Rio.

The IWF said in a statement that the sport's integrity has been "seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians."

They said the sanction was applied in order to "preserve the status" of the sport.


Photo: Viktor Lebedev's positive doping test in the 2006 junior world championships has cost
him a place in Rio. (Getty Images: Paul Gilham)

A special commission set up by United World Wrestling, the governing body for Olympic forms of wrestling, has cleared 16 of the 17 Russian wrestlers to compete at Rio.

The names have been submitted to the IOC and CAS for acceptance.

Viktor Lebedev was the lone wrestler not to be cleared due to a positive doping test in the 2006 junior world championships.

Sports with no qualification

Russia's teams did not qualify for hockey, football, rugby sevens or basketball.


Russian doping saga in a nutshell

Photo: The Russian doping saga in 60 seconds (Reuters: Jim Young)

* In December, 2014, a German documentary appearing on ARD featured Russian athletes, coaches and anti-doping officials revealing the Russian government was involved in obtaining performance enhancing drugs for athletes, as well as covering up positive test results.

* In reaction to the documentary the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formed an independent commission to investigate systematic Russian doping ..
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-17/wada-commission-to-investigate-allegations-of-doping-among-russ/5971960 .

* WADA released two reports, in November, 2015 .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-10/world-anti-doping-agency-recommends-banning-of-russian-athletes/6925706 .. and January, 2016 .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-15/key-points-of-wada-commission-report-into-doping-and-corruption/7090468 ..which found evidence of a state-sponsored drug program in Russian track-and-field athletics.

* WADA recommended the suspension of Russia from international athletics until it could prove it had cleaned up its act, and world athletics' governing body, the IAAF, acted on the recommendation.

* In May, former director of Russia's anti-doping lab Grigory Rodchenkov told the New York Times dozens of athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were part of Russia's state-run doping program .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-13/russian-ex-doping-watchdog-details-olympic-cheat-plot/7410600 , sparking calls for a total ban across all sports in Rio.

* The IAAF upheld the track-and-field ban in June ahead of the Rio Games, saying it had not met re-admission criteria. They did leave the door slightly ajar for some members to compete .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-18/russian-athletics-ban-upheld-ahead-of-rio/7522392 , though, saying the IOC could consider the them on an individual basis.

* The official investigation conducted by Toronto lawyer Richard McLaren .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-18/olympics-russia-doping-was-state-dictated-sochi-report-finds/7639792 .. in the wake of the Rodchenkov revelations published its explosive findings in July, confirming the existence of a wholesale doping program between 2011 and 2015.

* On July 25, the IOC announced it would not impose a blanket ban on Russia for the 2016 Olympics .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/russian-team-will-not-face-blanket-ban-in-rio:-ioc/7656416 , leaving it up to individual international sporting federations to decide which athletes could compete.

* After a frenzy of appeals and rulings, the Russian team finally began to arrive in Rio on Friday.

* In total, 112 of the 387 athletes initially named by Russia to compete at the Games have been banned .. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-29/rio-2016-sports-russia-will-and-wont-be-competing-in-doping/7671406 .. by their federations, including any with previous doping suspensions.

* It is still unclear just how many of those remaining 275 will end up being allowed to participate, with rulings still rolling in.

From other news sites:

* CNN: Rio 2016: 'Russia's doping culture will not change,' say whistleblowers

* The Sydney Morning Herald: Rio Olympics 2016: Russia holds own Games for banned athletes

* Daily Mail: Russia's under-fire Olympic team arrive in Rio as one athlete declares: 'We need to fight for those who were disqualified'


It was Plato who said, “He, O men, is the wisest, who like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing”
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