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Olympic ban on Russian athletes result of political campaign: Putin

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Russia team members show off their silver medals after men's team foil competition at the fencing World championships in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

According to the BBC, the World Anti-Doping Agency is "disappointed" in the International Olympic Committee for not following its recommendation to ban Russian Federation entirely from competing in the Rio Olympics.

With Russia months away from parliamentary elections and stuck in an economic crisis, the scandal, which centres on allegations the Russian government and the FSB security service covered up doping for years, has rocked the Russian sports world and tarnished Putin's showcase 2014 winter Olympics.

McLaren's report last week specifically detailed how Russian state officials allegedly intervened to cover up hundreds of failed drug tests.

Sixteen Russians from its fencing team have though been cleared, the sport's governing body said.

Regarding the testing in Poland, the FIE statement said: "All 24 samples returned negative results from an independent externally-appointed laboratory in Dresden, Germany".

"In a training camp in Portugal, our athletes simply lived under false names", said Stepanova, "They have taken banned substances, they undertook a course of doping, and to ensure that foreign control officers did not come and test them, they provided false names".

This process allows global federations (IFs) to present cases on behalf of their own sports Russian athletes.

Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out an appeal lodged by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 athletes, who were hoping to overturn the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ban. Apart from that, the International Olympic Committee ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if they have served the sanction.

Lists of Russian athletes approved by global federations must still be approved by CAS arbiters who can reject athletes not tested outside Russia.

- BOXING: AIBA said it is reviewing on a case-by-case basis the doping record of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for Rio. Thirty-eight athletes are still waiting to learn their fate, while 109 competitors - including Russia's track and field athletes - will not be going to the Olympics.

An IAAF Task Force had set 44 specific criteria that needed to be met in order for the sanction to be lifted, which followed revelations of widespread state-sponsored doping within Russian track and field.

The ruling meant Russian Federation lost four of the boats it qualified - with those places going to Australia (women's eight), Greece (men's four) and Italy (women's sculls and men's eight) - and can only now form a men's four with the six eligible rowers it has left.

Reflecting on the same, Simon Toulson, the International Canoe Federation's general secretary, said that the governing body would continue its strong zero-tolerance stance by removing all the athletes that violate its rules in anyway.

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