37 Russian athletes banned from Rio Olympics 2016

Nineteen more Russian rowers have been banned from competing at next month’s Olympics, taking the number of suspended Russian athletes to 37.

Earlier on Tuesday, 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 (Wada) 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.

Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said he was “disappointed” with that decision.

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.


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