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Which Russian athletes can compete at Rio 2016?

The following is the list of sports and athletes that can and can not compete at Rio Olympics 2016.

Some sport organizations are still pending decisions and decision should be given shortly to Russian Athletes.

Aquatics (swimming, diving & water polo)

Russians hoping to compete: 67

Decision: Some Russians have been banned, with further rulings to follow.

On Thursday, Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, who had been banned after being implicated in the Richard McLaren report on state-run doping in Russia, were cleared to compete in the Games.

The appeals of Yulia Efimova, a London bronze medallist, and Daria Ustinova were still pending.

Archery

Russians competing: Three

Decision: Russians can compete.

World Archery said the three Russians have been “tested extensively” and had no previous doping convictions. It expressed “shock and concern” over recent allegations but praised the IOC’s “courageous decision” not to give Russia a “blanket ban”.

Athletics

Russians competing: None.

Decision: All of the 68 Russian athletes have already been banned, though long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete as a “neutral”.

Yuliya Stepanova, the 800m runner whose evidence helped expose the Russian doping scandal, will not be allowed to do the same, however. The IAAF had previously cleared her to compete, but the IOC’s latest ruling disallows any athlete with a previous doping ban.

Stepanova has since questioned that ruling, describing it as “unfair”.

Badminton

Russians competing: Four

Decision: Russians can compete.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has included four Russian players in the draws for Rio, “pending the validation of the International Olympic Committee”.

Boxing

Russians competing: 11

Decision: All boxers cleared

Governing body the AIBA reviewed each case and cleared each boxer on Thursday, 4 August and that decision was ratified by the IOC.

Canoeing and kayaking

Russians competing: 18

Decision: Most Russians can compete.

Eighteen Russians remain eligible after the International Canoe Federation “immediately suspended” five of the 23 qualified, as they were named in the McLaren report, pending further investigation.

ICF general secretary Simon Toulson said it was a “bitter blow for the Olympic movement,” but that “swift action” was needed to show “that if you step out of line you won’t make the start line”.

Cycling

Russians competing: 11

Decision: Some Russians can compete.

Governing body the UCI says 11 of Russia’s 17 athletes have been cleared to compete, with three withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee and another three implicated in the McLaren report into state-sponsored doping.

Equestrian

Russians competing: Five

Decision: Russians can compete.

Governing body the FEI says there is “no indication of any organised doping malpractices within the Russian equestrian delegation”. It adds there is “absolutely no reason why the Russian equestrian athletes should not compete at Rio”.

Fencing

Russians competing: 16

Decision: Russians can compete.

Fencing’s governing body the FIE cleared all 16 Russians to compete, saying it had “re-examined the results from 197 tests taken by Russian athletes in 35 countries, including Russia, between 2014 and 2016”, which were all negative.

Golf

Russians competing: One

Decision: Cleared

On Thursday, 4 August, the IOC panel confirmed the eligibility of Maria Verchenova to compete.

Gymnastics

Russians competing: 21

Decision: None yet.

The International Gymnastics Federation previously said it was opposed to a blanket ban, and on Monday said it would establish a “pool of eligible Russian athletes” as soon as possible.

Handball

Russians competing: 14

Decision: Russians can compete.

The International Handball Federation took “immediate action” to re-test Russian athletes following the IOC’s ruling and found “all results are negative”.

Judo

Russians competing: 11

Decision: Russians can compete.

The International Judo Federation, whose honorary president is Russian President Vladimir Putin, has cleared all Russians to compete, with president Marius Vizer saying they had been tested from last September to May “on many occasions, at many international judo events, abroad from Russia”.

Modern pentathlon

Russians competing: Three

Decision: Most Russians can compete.

One of the four qualifying Russians, plus a reserve, have been banned by the governing body UIPM, after being implicated in the McLaren report’s ‘Disappearing Positive Methology’ scheme. The remaining three have been cleared to compete.

Rowing

Russians competing: Six

Decision: Russians can compete.

Russia’s initial squad of 28 has been reduced following 22 suspensions. Fisa said the latest banned athletes were “not considered to have participated in doping” but did not meet the IOC’s criteria of having been tested in labs outside of Russia.

Sailing

Russians competing: Seven

Decision: Russians can compete.

World Sailing initially suspended Pavel Sozykin but cleared him to compete alongside his other six team-mates.

Shooting

Russians competing: 18

Decision: Russians can compete.

An ISSF statement said all 18 Russian shooters are eligible having not been mentioned in the McLaren report, nor tested positive through further doping controls. The governing body added that “all Russian athletes are being carefully monitored” by its intelligence-based testing programme.

Table tennis

Russians competing: Three

Decision: Russians can compete.

“An investigation which included an individual test analysis of each player, conducted outside the Russian anti-doping system met the necessary requirements,” said the International Table Tennis Federation.

Taekwondo

Russians competing: Three

Decision: None yet.

Tennis

Russians competing: Eight

Decision: Russians can compete.

The International Tennis Federation said the nominated Russians have been tested 205 times between them since 2014, adding that is “sufficient” for them to go to Rio.

Triathlon

Russians competing: Six

Decision: Russians can compete.

Volleyball (and Beach Volleyball)

Russians competing: 30

Decision: Russians can compete.

Governing body the FIVB said it had “conducted a full examination of the Olympic eligibility” of all Russian volleyball and beach volleyball players and had now submitted them all to Cas and the IOC for approval.

It had earlier said Russian athletes had been tested at the same level as all other countries and the majority of the testing analysis of Russian athletes had been conducted outside Russia.

Weightlifting

Russians competing: None

Decision: All eight Russian weightlifters have been banned from the Games.

The International Weightlifting Federation confirmed that two had been banned for doping violations, and another four were named in the McLaren report into doping.

Wrestling

Russians competing: 16

Decision: One Russian banned.

United World Wrestling appointed a “special commission with the mandate to review the doping cases related to the Russian wrestlers currently qualified to compete for the Rio Games”.

On returning its findings, the governing body said Viktor Lebedev, who returned a positive doping test at the 2006 Junior World Championships, will be banned from competing.