In Brief: CAS rejects appeal by Russian weightlifters

CAS rejects appeal by Russian weightlifters

There will be no Russian weightlifters at the Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday rejected the country's appeal against a ban imposed by the sport's governing body, the IWF.

"The appeal has been dismissed," CAS secretary-general Matthieu Reeb told Reuters.

"The CAS panel in charge of this case has determined that the decision of the IWF was valid and proportionate to the circumstances."


Sozykin to compete as ban is overturned

Sailing's governing body on Wednesday reversed its ruling on Russian Pavel Sozykin, saying he would be eligible to compete at Rio.

World Sailing said that having received additional guidance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its board members were unanimous in declaring the athlete free to compete after he was initially denied eligibility for the Games due to the findings of the McLaren report.


Murray makes history in role as flag-bearer Reigning Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be the flag-bearer for Britain at the opening ceremony, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Murray, who triumphed at Wimbledon for the second time last month and won gold in London four years ago, is the first tennis player to lead Britain into an opening ceremony.


Djokovic glad Russia will be represented

Serbia's Novak Djokovic said the doping scandal engulfing Russia was bad for the country and international sport, but he was glad some Russian athletes have been allowed to compete at Ri`o.

"I don't want to make any kind of stance there because I don't have adequate details about that case, but at least to some extent I'm glad there are some Russian athletes being part of the Games," Djokovic said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe