Several federations clear Russian athletes, teams
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):
The world volleyball governing body says Russia's teams for volleyball and beach volleyball have been cleared to compete at the Olympics.
The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) said yesterday that the 30 Russian players had formally received the green light from the International Olympic Committee as expected. The men's volleyball team is the defending Olympic champion.
Last week, the federation said it was reviewing updated team lists from the Russian Volleyball Federation.
Earlier this year, the meldonium doping scandal extended to Russian volleyball. Outside hitter Alexander Markin tested positive for the substance in January. Markin was temporarily suspended while the FIVB considered the case. It found that Markin "committed an anti-doping rule violation but bore no fault or negligence in this case" and reinstated him.
The International Judo Federation also cleared all 11 Russian judo athletes to compete.
The federation said that four women and seven men were tested "many times" before the Olympics and are clean.
The women are Irina Dolgova, Natalia Kuziutina, Ekaterina Valkova and Ksenia Chibisova. The men are Beslan Mudranov, Mikhail Puliaev, Denis Iartcev, Khasan Khalmurzaev, Kirill Denisov, Tagir Khaibulaev and Renat Saidov.
The International Boxing Association said all 11 of Russia's boxers who qualified for the Rio Games have been cleared to participate following a doping review for all Russian athletes.
AIBA said in a statement yesterday that it recommended that each boxer be allowed to fight following the reviews, and got confirmation of that assessment from an IOC review panel.
The IOC responded to the Russian doping scandal by placing the burden on international sports federations to determine whether Russian athletes should be allowed to compete in Rio.
More than 250 have been declared eligible by federations so far. More than 100 Russian athletes, including the track and field team, have been excluded.