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Rio Olympics: Dope-tainted Russian wrestling world champion cleared to participate by IOC

With Lebedev restored to competition, the Russian delegation is made up of 277 athletes.

Last Updated: Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 20:01
Rio Olympics: Dope-tainted Russian wrestling world champion cleared to participate by IOC

Russia`s two-time world champion Viktor Lebedev has been cleared to wrestle in Rio in the wake of the Russian doping scandal, the head of Russia`s Olympic delegation said Saturday.

"For Viktor Lebedev, all is well," delegation chief Igor Kazikov told Russian sports agency R-Sport.

He said Lebedev, who appealed against a ban along with other Russian athletes, had been authorised to compete by a special International Olympic Committee commission.

"He has been given authorisation by the IOC commission," said the official.

The three-member IOC commission has final say on which Russian athletes can compete in the Rio Games after allegations of state-sponsored doping contained in a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency led to wholesale bans.

With Lebedev restored to competition, the Russian delegation is made up of 277 athletes.

AFP
First Published: Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 20:01

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