Lausanne - Canoeing's governing body has banned five
Russians, including a gold medallist and a five-times world champion, from next
month's Rio Olympics after an explosive independent report revealed state-run
doping across Russian sport.
"We are clear that if you step out of line you won't
make the start line," International Canoe Federation secretary general
Simon Toulson said, as canoeing became the latest sport to bar Russians from
the Games in the fall-out over the roiling doping controversy.
Their exclusion takes the number of Russians banned from
taking part in Rio to 18 since Sunday when the International Olympic Committee
decided not to issue a blanket ban on all Russian competitors, instead leaving
it up to each sport to decide what to do.
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"The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has taken
swift action to remove five Russian canoe sprint athletes from the Rio Olympic
Games following the release of additional information naming those implicated
by the McLaren report," the ICF said.
"In each case the ICF will impose an immediate
suspension pending further investigation making the offending athletes
ineligible to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games."
The five were named as Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaya,
Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov.
Korovashkov, a five-times world champion, won a bronze medal
in London four years ago and Dyachenko won gold in a doubles kayak sprint.
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