Aiba says Russians tick all the boxes

Igor Kazikov, head of Russia's Olympic delegation, attends a press conference at Copacabana beach on Aug 4.
Igor Kazikov, head of Russia's Olympic delegation, attends a press conference at Copacabana beach on Aug 4.PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO • All 11 Russian boxers who qualified for the Rio Olympics have been given the all clear to compete at the Games, the International Boxing Association (Aiba) said yesterday.

"Aiba has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," the association said in a statement.

"That process is now complete and confirmation has been received from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) review panel that the following 11 Russian boxers are eligible to compete at Rio 2016."

The IOC opted not to ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics after revelations of a wide state-backed doping programme across many sports.

Instead the Games' ruling body directed sports federations to allow Russian athletes to compete if they met a set of criteria, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events.

The IOC announced on Saturday that a three-member panel would review the decisions by the individual sports federations over the eligibility of Russian athletes.

In men's boxing, these Russians were cleared to compete:

  • Vasilii Egorov (49kg)
  • Misha Aloian (52kg)
  • Vladimir Nikitin (56kg)
  • Adlan Abdurashidov (60kg)
  • Vitaly Dunaytsev (64kg)
  • Andrey Zamkovoy (69kg)
  • Artem Chebotarev (75kg)
  • Petr Khamukov (81kg)
  • Evgeny Tishchenko (91kg)

The two Russian women boxers who will compete are:

  • Anastassiia Beliakova (60kg)
  • Iaroslava Iakushina (75kg)

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