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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Eight more Russian athletes are banned from Games

Russian Alexander Dyachenko won gold in the kayak doubles sprint at the London Olympics in 2012
Eight athletes across canoeing, modern pentathlon and sailing are the latest Russians to be banned from Rio 2016.
The sports' governing bodies said they were implicated in the damning World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into state-sponsored doping in the country.
Eighteen athletes have now been banned since the International Olympic Committee said individual federations should decide if Russians can compete.
Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said he was "disappointed" with that decision.
International Canoe Federation secretary general Simon Toulson said his organisation had taken "swift action and removed all offending athletes where doping evidence exists".
Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaya, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov have been suspended pending further investigation, but there would be no federation-wide ban, a statement added.
Korovashkov, a five-time world champion, won bronze in the doubles canoe sprint at London 2012, where Dyachenko won gold in the doubles kayak sprint.
Modern pentathlon's governing body the UIPM said Maksim Kustov and Ilia Frolov had also been named in the Wada-commissioned McLaren report.
But the three other athletes named in Russia's squad would be allowed to compete, it added.
Pavel Sozykin was the competitor banned by World Sailing. The governing body said the other six Russian sailors would be allowed to compete, and a replacement for Sozykin would be allowed.
Meanwhile, the International Judo Federation and the International Shooting Sport Federation have said they will allow Russia's squads to compete at the Olympics, which begin on August 5.
On Monday, seven Russian swimmers and three rowers were banned from Rio by their sports' governing bodies.