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All Russia's Weightlifters Banned From Olympics

Jan Ortega | 03 August, 2016, 01:09

The Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 will be held in Brazil from August 5 to 21 and September 7 to 18, respectively.

Australia's Olympic delegation head Kitty Chiller has questioned Russia's determination to eliminate drug cheats after it was announced that the country would host an alternative event for banned track and field athletes in Moscow.

"The hurdles that those Russian athletes who have been cleared to compete, the hurdles that they had to jump to be here are very strict and very high".

Russian Federation will argue in the civil courts the suspension of its athletes from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko said on Saturday.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday told local media that 272 of the country's athletes had been approved by global sports federations, out of an original team of 387, adding that the number could rise.

A final figure is expected this weekend with the boxing, golf, gymnastic, taekwondo federations still to confirm their verdicts.

CAS said the swimmers appealed that the International Olympic Committee ruling should be thrown out because it is "invalid and unenforceable".

Okulov is a world champion while at the London Games in 2012, Albegov claimed a bronze medal and Kashirina took home a silver.

"The AIBA and the International Olympic Committee are doing their job to make sure anybody participating will be clean", she said.

The decision was made less than 10 days before the weightlifting commences in Rio and the IWF insists it adopted a strong stance following a series of suspicious test results which emerged from the previous two Games.

There is already a test to pick up if athletes are directly injecting EPO, the substance at the heart of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal in cycling.

"I can see that every morning doping agents come and take their samples", Kazikov said.

The executive board meeting was pushed back so IOC president Thomas Bach could attend the delayed inauguration of a Rio metro line which will link the Barra Olympic zone to the rest of Rio.

Athletics was the first sport touched by the doping controversy.

The bans brought the total of Russian athletes barred from Rio to 115 from an original team of 387.

"The clean sports exists, and I am one of the examples".

"It has always been the case in the Olympics".

All Russian athletes sanctioned for doping in the past have been excluded from the Games.

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