Breaking news of the moment comes from the field of sports, where another batch of Russian athletes have been banned from participating at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Rowing’s international governing body FISA recently banned 22 of 28 Russian Rowers from Rio 2016 Olympics.
In revealing its judgement, World Rowing (FISA) said that those banned were “not at all considered to have participated in doping” but were not being allowed in as they “do not meet the conditions established by the IOC in their decision of 24 July 2016 for participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”.
Effectively, the rowers have been blocked because they have not been tested enough times out of Russia.
The six eligible Russian Rowers who can participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are -
Aleksandr Chaukin, Georgy Efremenko, Artem Kosov, Nikita Morgachev, Vladislav Ryabcev and Anton Zarutskiy.
With just six rowers still eligible, Russia can only compete with one boat in Brazil, a men’s coxless four, FISA said, after the country had originally qualified five boats.
In response to this ban, Russia’s rowing federation said that it would be appealing the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
These 22 places will now be given to following countries – Greece (men’s four), Italy (women’s sculls) and Australia and Italy (women’s and men’s eight).