Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Jul 28, 2016

Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team. Fencers and triathletes became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics ...

Jul 28, 2016

Speed skating legend Pechstein rips Bach

Five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein was the latest prominent German to lash out Wednesday at compatriot Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, over the IOC’s stance on state-run Russian doping. “In my eyes, Bach can be bought politically,” Pechstein, who was handed ...

More Russian athletes hit with bans

Jul 27, 2016

More Russian athletes hit with bans

At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country’s doping scandal. International federations in canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon ruled out eight on Tuesday, including an Olympic gold ...

Jul 26, 2016

International Canoe Federation issues ban on five Russians for Rio Games

Five Russian canoe sprint athletes — including the 2012 Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko — have been banned from competing at next month’s Rio Olympics by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), after they were implicated by the McLaren Report. Dyachenko, European champion Andrey Kraitor, Olympic ...

Jul 26, 2016

Stepanova makes appeal to IOC

Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova’s hopes of competing in the Summer Olympics are all but over. Her fight to expose doping and corruption is not. “It’s OK to lose a good fight,” Stepanova’s husband, Vitaly Stepanov, told The Associated Press on Monday. They have appealed to ...

Number of banned Russian athletes to grow

Jul 26, 2016

Number of banned Russian athletes to grow

At least eight Russian athletes are set to miss next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro under new IOC rules prohibiting former dopers from competing, Russia’s top Olympic official said. Alexander Zhukov had said earlier that only eight athletes would be affected, but acknowledged ...

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Jul 25, 2016

IOC decides against complete ban of Russia from Rio Olympics

Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban of Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Citing the need to protect the ...

Bolt captures 200m in return

Jul 23, 2016

Bolt captures 200m in return

Usain Bolt looked in fine shape for the Olympics by winning his last race before Rio de Janeiro on his return from injury. Keni Harrison also looked more than ready for Brazil by breaking a 28-year record in the 100-meters hurdles in London on ...

IOC's Bach in tough spot on banning Russia for Rio

Jul 23, 2016

IOC's Bach in tough spot on banning Russia for Rio

The International Olympic Committee is weighing up whether to ban Russia from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro after revelations of a massive doping cover-up, but relations between the two were once much sunnier. When IOC president Thomas Bach was elected in 2013, ...