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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 16:13
RIO Olympic: Nineteen More Russian Rowers Banned
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Nineteen more Russian rowers have been banned from competing at next month’s Olympics, taking the number of Russian athletes suspended this week to 37.

Earlier yesterday (26), eight athletes across canoeing, modern pentathlon and sailing were banned, as seven swimmers and three rowers were on Monday.

Governing bodies are making the rulings following the damning World Anti-Doping Agency report into state-sponsored doping in the country.

The Rio Games begin on 5 August.

The International Olympic Committee has said individual federations should decide if Russians can compete following Wada’s report.

Some international federations have banned Russians from competing altogether, some have issued a partial ban, while others have cleared all Russian athletes to take part.

Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, had already opted to ban Russian track and field athletes unless they can satisfy strict doping criteria.

So far, only one athlete has been able to do that.

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