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IOC nod for Russians: 11 boxers, 29 swimmers cleared for Rio Games

Last updated on: August 04, 2016 21:04 IST
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The IOC also gives green signal to eight Russian tennis players, golfer Verchenova and 11 judokas

 People cool off beneath a water fountain beneath the Olympic rings in Madureira Park in Rio de Janeiro

All 11 Russian boxers who qualified for the Rio Olympics have been given the all clear to compete at the Games, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said on Thursday.

"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 (International Olympic Committee) 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).

IOC clears 29 Russian swimmers to compete in Rio

Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov

IMAGE: Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov. Photograph: Murad Sezer/File/Reuters

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allowed 29 Russian swimmers to take part in the Rio Olympic 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 US-based Morozov were part of Russia's bronze-medal winning 4x100m freestyle team at the London 2012 Games, while Lobintsev also won a silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at Beijing 2008. Efimova is a four-times breaststroke world champion.

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

Russian golfer Maria Verchenova

IMAGE: Russian golfer Maria Verchenova. Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Files/Reuters

The IOC has also confirmed the eligibility of eight Russian tennis players to compete at the Rio Olympic Games, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday.

The International Golf Federation (IGF) said on Thursday that the IOC has confirmed the eligibility of Russian golfer Maria Verchenova to compete at the Rio Olympic Games.

The International Judo Federation (IJF) also confirmed on Thursday that 11 Russian athletes had been cleared to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"The International Judo Federation is very pleased that all Russian judoka qualified for the Olympic Games, tested many times before the Games and clean, will attend the judo event in Rio," it said in a statement.

The International Olympic Committee is due to announce on Thursday the final number of Russian athletes across all sports who are eligible for Rio, after imposing strict criteria for admission following the doping scandal in the country.

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