Wrestling governing body clears most Russian wrestlers for Rio 2016 Olympics

United World Wrestling said that 16 of the 17 Russian wrestlers who qualified for the Rio Olympics should be allowed to take part.

By: Reuters | Moscow | Published: July 28, 2016 10:08 pm
Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016, Rio, Olympics, Russia doping scandal, Russia wrestlers, Russia Rio, Russian athletes, wrestling United World Wrestling said one competitor, Viktor Lebedev, should not take part in the Rio Games because he had a positive doping test in 2006. (Source: AP)

United World Wrestling, the governing body for Olympic forms of wrestling, said on Thursday a special commission it set up had recommended that 16 of the 17 Russian wrestlers who qualified for the Rio Olympics should be allowed to take part.

It said in a statement the 16 had been tested in accredited laboratories outside Russia, and were not mentioned in a report that alleged Russia ran a state-sponsored doping programme.

It said one competitor, Viktor Lebedev, should not take part in the Rio Games because he had a positive doping test in 2006.

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