Rio Olympics: Seven More Russian Athletes Are Banned


Rio de Janeiro: Five sprint canoeists and two modern pentathletes are the latest Russians to be banned from competing at 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. Seventeen 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 the body had taken “swift action and removed all offending athletes where doping evidence exists”.

Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaia, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov have all been suspended pending further investigation, but there would be no federation-wide ban, a statement added. Korovashkov, a five-time world champion, won a bronze medal in London four years ago and Dyachenko won gold in a 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.

Meanwhile, the International Judo Federation and the International Shooting Sport Federation 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.