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Rio medals devalued! Absence of Russian stars hurts 2016 Olympic Games: Vladimir Putin

Rio medals devalued! Absence of Russian stars hurts 2016 Olympic Games: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the absence of top Russian competitors will "markedly lower" next month`s Rio Games, as he met competitors set for Brazil and those barred over state-run doping.

2016 Olympic Games: President Vladimir Putin to meet Russia`s dope-tainted Rio team

2016 Olympic Games: President Vladimir Putin to meet Russia`s dope-tainted Rio team

International sports federations are now scrambling to vet Russian athletes as time ticks down to the start of the Games on August 5.

VIDEO: Sushil calls Narsingh's doping row 'unfortunate', wants fellow wrestlers to win medals at Rio

VIDEO: Sushil calls Narsingh's doping row 'unfortunate', wants fellow wrestlers to win medals at Rio

Sushil was also in hunt for a seat at Rio but was left empty handed with the Indian Wrestling Federation opting to give quota to Narsingh Yadav.

Central Government plays waiting game as Wrestling Federation backs dope-tainted Narsingh Yadav

Central Government plays waiting game as Wrestling Federation backs dope-tainted Narsingh Yadav

WFI chief Bhusan Sharan Singh also trashed media reports of him calling on the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter.

Rio Olympics: Sushil Kumar backs 'younger brother' Narsingh Yadav, but hurt by being dragged in 'conspiracy' controversy

Rio Olympics: Sushil Kumar backs 'younger brother' Narsingh Yadav, but hurt by being dragged in 'conspiracy' controversy

Sushil Kumjar said Narsingh Yadav as a younger brother and hopes he gets his name cleared form the controversy and earns India a medal at the Olympics.

Rio Olympics: WADA 'disappointed' as IOC fails to ban Russia for mega event

Rio Olympics: WADA 'disappointed' as IOC fails to ban Russia for mega event

WADA also recommended that Russian government officials be denied access to the Rio Games.

Russian athletics mess: Gloom and anger for athletes due to miss 2016 Rio Olympics

Russian athletics mess: Gloom and anger for athletes due to miss 2016 Rio Olympics

The international sports tribunal rejected an appeal by Russian athletes against a Rio Olympics ban amid mounting pressure for action over state-run doping in Russia.

Russia Doping: A chronology of major events

Russia Doping: A chronology of major events

The CAS ruling effectively meant that Russian athletes, who were applying to compete in 2016 Rio Games, will not be going to the Olympics.

Olympics 2016: Rio anti-doping lab suspension lifted

Olympics 2016: Rio anti-doping lab suspension lifted

WADA said the reinstatement means Rio officials can resume testing blood and urine samples this week and that they see no need for further action against the lab.

2016 Rio Olympics: Russia name squad despite ban threat

2016 Rio Olympics: Russia name squad despite ban threat

Russia approved a 387-strong team -- including star names like pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, hurdler Sergei Shubenkov and tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Rio Games 2016: Russia's status hangs by thread as IOC considers ban

Rio Games 2016: Russia's status hangs by thread as IOC considers ban

Russia, which strongly denies any state involvement in doping, is already banned from international athletics by world governing body IAAF because of doping exposed last year.

Russia found guilty of doping manipulation; WADA demands complete ban from Rio Olympics

Russia found guilty of doping manipulation; WADA demands complete ban from Rio Olympics

McLaren's report said the sports ministry under Vitaly Mutko organised the subterfuge under which tainted urine samples were replaced.

IOC President Thomas Bach calls Russia doping scandal `shocking and unprecedented`

IOC President Thomas Bach calls Russia doping scandal `shocking and unprecedented`

World Anti-Doping Agency`s independent report would be "carefully" studied and "provisional measures and sanctions" could be decided on Tuesday.

Findings from WADA's report on Russian doping scandal – Here are the key pointers!

Findings from WADA's report on Russian doping scandal – Here are the key pointers!

The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated failsafe system.

Russia to be banned from Rio Olympics? Government found guilty of doping manipulation

Russia to be banned from Rio Olympics? Government found guilty of doping manipulation

The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated failsafe system.

Anti-doping agencies seeking complete ban for Russia at the Rio Olympics

Anti-doping agencies seeking complete ban for Russia at the Rio Olympics

The decision should be taken not later than July 26, Tygart says in his draft letter, obtained by TASS.

Huge blow to India: Medal hope Babita Kumari likely to miss 2016 Rio Olympics

Huge blow to India: Medal hope Babita Kumari likely to miss 2016 Rio Olympics

Babita qualified for Rio Games after Mongolian wrestler Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed a dope test in the Asian qualifiers in March.

WADA in doping dock: Sri Lanka seek compensation for wrongful suspension of Kusal Perera

WADA in doping dock: Sri Lanka seek compensation for wrongful suspension of Kusal Perera

Perera was suspended during Sri Lanka`s tour of New Zealand last December after WADA said he had tested positive for a banned substance, a finding the laboratory later revised.

Seema Punia claims dope test but NADA has no clue

Seema Punia claims dope test but NADA has no clue

Seema is among 42 athletes shortlisted by NADA for its registered testing pool.

World doping watchdog WADA shuts down Rio Olympic lab

World doping watchdog WADA shuts down Rio Olympic lab

Rio risks being without a hometown lab during the Olympics two years it was shut down during the 2014 World Cup.