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Rio 2016: Russian drug cheats will still be at Olympics, say whistleblowers

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Yuliya Rusanova Stepanova 2012 Worlds

In some rare good news for Russia, the International Shooting Sport Federation said that all 18 competitors nominated by Russia had been cleared for Rio because they had no positive drug tests on their record and were not mentioned in the McLaren report.

But the federation acknowledged the "Disappearing Positive Methodology" that independent investigator Richard McLaren found was used to make some positive tests go away.

Following the commission's report last week, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

Russia's track-and-field athletes are already barred over doping offences and seven Russian swimmers, including four-times breaststroke world champion Yulia Efimova, were ruled out of the Games in August yesterday.

"Certainly, we welcome the main decision which allows so-called clean athletes to take part in the Olympic Games, given the permission of global (sports) federations", Peskov told reporters on a conference call. As a result of golf's reentry in to the Games, it's my hope that more juniors will pick up the game and realize that it is not a sport that is only played by rich people.

"We await the Russian Rowing Federation's decision on this possibility", Fisa said in a statement.

The International Judo Federation says it has approved Russia's judo team to compete at the Olympics. Testing information collected from FISA, WADA, the Russian Rowing Federation (RRF), RUSADA and UK Anti-Doping shows that a total of 1679 blood and/or urine tests were carried out between 2011 and June 2016 on all Russian rowers.

- CANOEING: The ICF has barred five qualified Russians from competing in Rio as they were implicated in the McLaren report. In protest at the IOC decision, Hans Wilhelm Gaeb, the 80-year-old former president of the German Table Tennis Association, said he will return the Olympic Order, which was awarded to him in 2006 by Bach.

But Harting, who has always been a fierce critic of Bach and doping in sport, said the situation was "simply embarrassing", before expressing his belief that under Bach's presidency, the International Olympic Committee has "reached a new level of disappointment".

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Better late than never for the Australian women's eights rowing team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even if they'll have to borrow a boat and oars.

Meanwhile, the International Modern Pentathlon Union named the two Russians it had suspended as Maxim Kustov and Ilya Frolov, saying they were both featured in the McLaren report.

The Russian athletic team had previously been deemed ineligible to compete at Rio, and it was anticipated that the International Olympic Committee may entirely ban Russia from competing.

Yuliya Stepanova's role was earlier detailed in the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

Rowing's governing body, Fisa, has announced that six Russian rowers will be permitted to compete at the Olympics, including five who could form a four.

The IOC's call to bar from Rio any Russian athlete who had previously served an anti-doping ban runs counter to a 2011 decision that made it impermissible to do that very thing.

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