Russia to appeal blanket ban on weightlifters for Olympics

Posted August 06, 2016

He said the process would be completed by Friday, the day the Games open. "They didn't admit me for the Olympics in Rio". Most will be at sporting venues and tourist landmarks. An existing betting monitoring system has also been reinforced.

"Now, all the work is done by the IOC and worldwide federations", he said. The program will be supported by Brazil's Department of Federal Police, the national secretariat for security at major events, and Interpol.

UWW's Special Commission also recommended that the International Olympic Committee tests the entire Russian wrestling team in Rio before the start of the competition.

"The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians", the IWF said in a statement.

World Rowing, meanwhile, has barred 19 Russians, most for insuffient tests. Sports sources told AFP that the 24-year-old had gone to the tribunal, which has special courts set up in Rio to hear such cases. "They're training and they're ready to go".

French President Francois Hollande is flying out to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next week to help support Paris with its Olympic bid.

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The Moscow tournament, which was announced by Russian state news agency TASS, will feature banned athletes including Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov and world 110 metres hurdles champion Sergey Shubenkov. He won silver in the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The International Weightlifting Federation on Friday banned the eight-strong weightlifting team, saying Russian athletes have to assume collective responsibility following positive results of seven dope tests which have been re-examined from past Olympics.

The IOC has taken fierce criticism for not ordering a blanket ban on Russian Federation after an independent report said there was state-organized doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

"Under these exceptional circumstances, Russian athletes in any of the 28 Olympic summer sports have to assume the consequences of what amounts to a collective responsibility in order to protect the credibility of the Olympic competitions, and the "presumption of innocence" can not be applied to them", added the IWF.

Weightlifting became the second sport after track and field to issue blanket bans on Russian athletes.

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"I'll be encouraging all our team members in all our sports to focus on their own performance".

"On Monday, I am leaving for Paris, where I will speak at the Unesco commission on doping", he said.

"Moreover, not only our country has problems [with doping]", he added.

It would not have been possible for the July 27 editorial "A shadow over the Games" to adequately express the revulsion that should be heaped on the International Olympic Committee for allowing individual athletic federations to decide which Russian athletes should be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.

Anatoly Terekhov, head of the Russian Taekwondo Union, says all Russians entered for taekwondo in Rio have been approved by the World Taekwondo Federation, in comments to Russian agency R-Sport.

"In the end you will see a fantastic Olympic Village and great games", he said.

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