Olympics: 5 canoeists and 2 modern pentathletes hit by ban

Russia's Alexander Dyachenko (left) and Yury Postrigay after winning the K2 200m at the London Olympics. Dyachenko is the only gold medallist banned so far.
Russia's Alexander Dyachenko (left) and Yury Postrigay after winning the K2 200m at the London Olympics. Dyachenko is the only gold medallist banned so far. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Seven more Russians barred from taking part in Rio, other federations still to act on doping

LAUSANNE • Five canoeists, including a gold medallist and a five-time world champion, and two modern pentathletes became the latest Russian competitors to be banned from next month's Rio Olympics after an explosive report revealed state-run doping across Russian sport.

Their exclusion takes the number of Russians banned from taking part in Rio to 20 since Sunday, when the International Olympic Committee controversially opted not to ban all Russian competitors, instead leaving it up to each sports federation to decide what to do.

The IOC faced criticism from top anti-doping leaders over the decision, including accusations that it had failed to show leadership in the battle for drug-free sport.

IOC president Thomas Bach insisted the unprecedented eligibility criteria put in place for Russians had teeth, with the country's athletes having to clear "the highest hurdles" before going to the Games, which start on Aug 5.

Yesterday, International Canoe Federation (ICF) secretary-general Simon Toulson issued a strong rebuke to suspected dopers.

"If you step out of line you won't make the start line," he said. "The International Canoe Federation has taken swift action to remove five Russian canoe sprint athletes from the Rio Olympics following the release of additional information naming those implicated by the McLaren report."

NO LEEWAY

If you step out of line you won't make the start line. The International Canoe Federation has taken swift action to remove five Russian canoe sprint athletes from the Rio Olympics.

SIMON TOULSON, International Canoe Federation secretary-general, warning suspected dopers ahead of the Rio Games.

The report by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) detailed an elaborate doping system in Russia directed by the sports ministry that affected more than 30 sports.

Twenty-five canoe sprint athletes were named in the damning report issued last week.

  • RUSSIAN ATHLETES BANNED FROM RIO

  • CANOEING

    Elena Aniushina

    Women's 500m kayak double

    Natalia Podolskaya,22

    Women's 200m kayak single

    Alexander Dyachenko, 26

    Gold: Men's 200m kayak double with Yury Postrigay, 2012

    Andrey Kraitor, 23

    Men's 200m canoe single

    Alexey Korovashkov, 24

    Bronze: Men's 1,000m canoe double, 2012


    MODERN PENTATHLON

    Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov, 32


    ROWING

    Ivan Balandin, 27

    Men's eight

    Anastasia Karabelshchikova, 31 Women's eight

    Ivan Podshivalov, 34

    Men's four


    SWIMMING
    Yulia Efimova, 24 Bronze: women's 200m breaststroke, 2012

    Vladimir Morozov, 24 Bronze: Men's 4x100m freestyle, 2012

    Nikita Lobintsev, 27 Silver: Men's 4x100m free, 2008

    Bronze: Men's 4x100m free, 2012 Mikhail Dovgalyuk, 21

    Men's 4x200m free

    Natalia Lovtsova, 28

    Women's 50m free

    Anastasia Krapivina, 21

    Women's marathon swimming

    Daria Ustinova, 17

    Women's 4x100m medley


    WEIGHLIFTING

    Tatiana Kashirina, 25

    Silver: Women's +75kg, 2012

    Anastasia Romanova, 24

    Women's Under-69kg


    WRESTLING

    Viktor Lebedev, 28

    Men's 57kg freestyle

The ICF said the banned five were being hit with "an immediate suspension pending further investigation, making the offending athletes ineligible to compete at the Rio Games".

The five were named as Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaya, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov.

Five-time world champion Korovashkov won a bronze in London four years ago and Dyachenko a gold in a doubles kayak sprint.

The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) later barred Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov, who were named in the McLaren report, from next month's Games.

It said both tested positive for trenbolone, methenolone and oxandrolone in tests conducted at a Moscow laboratory in August 2014 but the findings were not reported as such.

Individual sports federations have precious little time to deal with the cases involving Russian competitors, some of whom are already in Brazil.

In addition to the ban on Russia's entire track and field team over doping, seven swimmers, two weightlifters, a wrestler and three rowers have all also been barred.

Four-time world breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova announced plans on Monday to appeal against her ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Lausanne-based CAS was not immediately available to comment on when an appeal would be heard, but the court and federations appear likely to face a race against the clock to manage a flurry of Russia doping cases before the opening ceremony.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko - a key figure in the McLaren report who has been banned from attending the Rio Games - has voiced confidence that the "majority" of the country's 387-member team would be declared eligible for Rio.

Most Russian competitors will fly out to Rio tomorrow, but it remains to be seen how many will actually take part in the Games because several federations have yet to weigh in.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2016, with the headline 'Medallist hit by ban'. Print Edition | Subscribe