IOC Panel clears 4 Russian badminton players for 2016 Rio Olympics

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Russia's Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov perform the haka after winning the men's doubles final at the All England Open.

Moscow: The Independent Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allowed Russian badminton players to compete in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, the Russian National Badminton Federation said in a press release on Thursday.Russia's Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov perform the haka after winning the men's doubles final at the All England Open.

According to a letter from Thomas Lund, the Secretary General of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), addressed to the Russian National Badminton Federation, the BWF received a letter from the IOC on Wednesday saying that the participation of all four Russian badminton players who passed the qualifying round in the Olympic tournament has finally been confirmed.

IOC President Thomas Bach announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of track and field competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

He made the statement after a teleconference by the IOC Executive Board, which, however, ruled that no Russian athlete, who had been previously sanctioned for doping would be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if their previous restrictions had expired as well as any athlete mentioned in the McLaren report.

The recently formed IOC Independent Panel is having a final say on the participation of particular Russian athletes in the Olympics, which kick off with promises of a spectacular opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night.

The Panel lists three members: Ugur Erdener, the head of the IOC Medical Commission, Claudia Bokel, an IOC Executive Board Member and the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., an IOC Executive Board Member.

Below is a list with the number of Russian athletes cleared to compete in the 2016 Olympic sporting events, according to the IOC and independent sporting associations.

Archery: Three female Russian athletes are in, none are out (no males qualified).

Athletics (including track and field): No Russian athletes are in, 68 are out.

Badminton: All four Badminton players including Vladimir Malkov (Men’s singles), Vladimir Ivanov (Men’s doubles), Ivan Sozonov (Men’s doubles), Natalia Perminova (Women’s singles)are in, none are out.

Basketball: No Russian teams qualified.

Boxing: All 11 Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Canoeing and kayaking: A total of 18 Russian athletes are in, five are out.

Cycling: A total of 11 Russian athletes are in, three have been withdrawn and three are under review.

Diving: A total of eight Russian divers are in, none are out.

Equestrian: All five Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Fencing: All 16 Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Field hockey: No Russian teams qualified.

Golf: One female Russian athlete is in, none are out.

Handball: Female Russian team is in (15 athletes), none are out.

Judo: All 11 Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Modern pentathlon: Three Russian athletes are in, two are out.

Rowing: Six Russian athletes are in, 22 are out.

Sailing: Six Russian athletes are in, one is out.

Shooting: All 18 Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Soccer: No Russian teams qualified.

Swimming: A total of 29 Russian athletes are in, seven are out.

Synchronized swimming: All Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Table tennis: Three Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Taekwondo: Three Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Tennis: All eight Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Volleyball (including beach volleyball): All 30 Russian athletes are in, none are out.

Water polo: Female Russian team is in (10 athletes), none are out (male team did not qualify).

Weightlifting: No Russian athletes are in, eight are out.

Wrestling: A total of 16 Russian athletes are in, none are out.

The Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will be held from August 5 to August 21.

–Tass

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