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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 bronze medalist Alexey Korovashkov along with Elena Aniushina and Natalia Podolskaia have been banned, the ICF said on Tuesday.

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