Wednesday 17 January 2018

IOC clears 11 Russian boxers to compete at Rio Olympics

The Olympic flag and Russian flag. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
The Olympic flag and Russian flag. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

The 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio Olympics have been cleared to compete in the Games by an International Olympic Committee review panel, the International Boxing Association has announced.

The AIBA carried out individual analysis of the the 11 athletes, following the criteria set by the IOC directive of July 24, to assess their eligibility to compete in the Games, which open on Friday.

An AIBA statement read: "That process is now complete and confirmation has been received from the IOC Review Panel that the 11 Russian boxers are eligible to compete at Rio 2016."

The two women boxers cleared are Anastassiia Beliakova (-60kg class) and Iaroslava Iakushina (-75kg).

The nine men cleared to compete are Vasily Egorov (-49kg), Misha Aloian (-52kg), Vladimir Nikitin (-56kg), Adlan Abdurashidov (-60kg), Vitaly Dunaytsev (-64kg), Andrey Zamkovoy (-69kg), Artem Chebotarev (-75kg), Petr Khamukov (-81kg) and Evgeny Tishchenko (-91kg).

he IOC is due to make an announcement on Thursday on which Russians have been approved to compete at the Games, having informed the International Federations on Wednesday night of the IOC panel's decision.

The late confirmation will enable sports such as boxing, diving and tennis to hold the scheduled draws for their competitions.

Three senior IOC members - Germany's Claudia Bokel, Ugur Erdener of Turkey and Spain's Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr - have vetted more than 250 Russian athletes declared eligible by the international federations and a Court of Arbitration for Sport expert.

While most of the focus has been on a main group of international federation-approved Russians, many of whom have been in the Olympic Village for the last few days, there is still a small group who are appealing against their bans at CAS.

Swimmers such as four-time world champion Yulia Efimova and rising star Daria Ustinova are still waiting for their cases to be heard, with more than a dozen other cases involving athletes from canoeing, rowing, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.

Those who win their appeals - and many legal experts think all those barred from competing here because of previous doping convictions have strong cases - could be added to the Russian delegation even after Thursday's announcement.

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