Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova won't appeal her Rio 2016 ban

Jan Ortega | 06 August, 2016, 00:22

Some Ukrainian team members said the ruling was weighed against the Russians because the International Olympic Committee allowed U.S. athletes who had previously served time out for doping to compete in Rio.

Isinbayeva can no doubt count on the votes from Russia's diminished team in Rio but she may struggle for support elsewhere, given her high-profile campaign against Russia's punishment for systemic and widespread doping.

The exclusion of almost a third of Russia's athletes for their ties to a government-sanctioned doping program was a blow to the integrity of the Olympics and will severely diminish Russia's presence across several sports here.

Speaking to the Russian team before they left for Rio last week, Putin said Russia's Olympic ambitions had fallen victim to a politically-motivated plot.

But Elena Zamolodchikova, a two-time gymnastics gold medallist, said Russian Federation was determined to finish top-10 on the medals table, a position they have occupied since the 1950s. "I hope that isn't happening, we believe in the best", Karnaukh said.

"Considering the fact that Europe gears up for the qualification round ahead of the (2018) World Cup, we chose to meet their requests", Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told journalists. "Now all athletes are much stronger".

The International Olympic Committee was to announce its final figure for the Russian squad later on Thursday. Russia's entire track and field team - 67 athletes - has been completely banned following an earlier decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

But the precise number of Russian athletes in that parade, and on hand for these Summer Games, was a moving target 24 hours before their official opening, as individual sports federations were still determining which Russian athletes will be cleared to compete.

The upcoming Olympic Games will begin under a weight of issues.

Most of the swimming team was allowed to compete (only five of the 35 were banned).

While attention has been focused on Russia's Olympics teams, The Times on Friday reported WADA's condemnation of the Brazilian team's Olympics preparation.

Among 31 swimmers accepted are Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, who were initially banned.

So, which sports are Russians banned from, and which are they allowed into?

Russian Federation will now have a smaller delegation of athletes than 11 other countries, including Italy and Spain.

"Starting with Rio the sanctioning of doping cases at the Olympic Games will not be done anymore via the IOC, but it will be handled independently by the Court of Arbitration for Sport", the IOC president added.


  • IOC: Rio Games preparation chaos hopefully a one-off event

    IOC: Rio Games preparation chaos hopefully a one-off event

    If Meirelles uses the ceremony to showcase his city's heartbeat, we could be in for one heck of a carnival. But as we see time and again, the Olympics are not an escape from the world but a reflection of it.
    Clinton widens lead over Trump

    Clinton widens lead over Trump

    Calling the GOP nominee "profoundly offensive and narcissistic", "a world-class panderer", and "anything but a leader", Rep. Trump spent the days after winning the Republican nomination criticizing a USA district court judge's Mexican heritage.
    Bill Clinton caught napping during Hillary's historic nomination speech

    Bill Clinton caught napping during Hillary's historic nomination speech

    But it is a strong sign that there are plenty within the Democratic Party who are unhappy with Clinton as the nominee. Farner had just made a rubbing of the name of his cousin, Calvin Wilson, who was killed in action in February 1967.
  • Obama: Trump

    Obama: Trump "unfit" to serve

    Even Trump's longtime ally, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, said on Tuesday it was inappropriate to criticize the Khan family. For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: "He is unfit to serve our party and can not lead this country".
    Republican leaders condemn Trump over Khan controversy

    Republican leaders condemn Trump over Khan controversy

    He criticized her and joked that maybe he would run for governor of New Mexico. "I work very, very hard", he said . Khan: thank you for immigrating to America", McCain added in his statement Monday.
    Bill Clinton's emotional ode to his wife after her historic nomination

    Bill Clinton's emotional ode to his wife after her historic nomination

    Several designers including Diane von Furstenberg have voiced their support of Clinton in recent months. What Bill Clinton did tonight at the Democratic National Convention was go back...
  • Florida gov offers free Zika test kits for pregnant women

    First, someone in the area would need to have the virus and be bitten by a mosquito capable of transmitting the virus. Donald Trump has a plan to combat the Zika virus - that apparently involves deferring responsibility to Florida Gov.

    Players gird themselves for a long and wet PGA

    The last time the US PGA was held at Baltusrol in 2005, Phil Mickelson prevailed in a Monday finish brought about by poor weather. The greens have been soft throughout the tournament at Baltusrol and there has been little wind to contend with.

    This time, an adoring He looks on as She accepts nomination

    No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton - corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes. Top Republicans, Democrats, supporters and opponents all took to social media after the speech.
  • Samba, baby! Rio to open Summer Olympic Games

    Samba, baby! Rio to open Summer Olympic Games

    However, Azerbaijan is well-known for its efforts in the Greco-Roman wrestling event and has won medals at every Games since 1996. The Olympic medal count is a fun way to get excited about the games and stay into them through the two-plus weeks.
    Telltale's Batman Won't Go Mobile Until September 13

    Telltale's Batman Won't Go Mobile Until September 13

    During a fight within the first five minutes, I was throwing punches, using batarangs, and zip-lining all over the shop. Well if you've played any Telltale game over the last several years, you've pretty much played this one.
    Hillary Clinton makes history with presidential nomination

    Hillary Clinton makes history with presidential nomination

    It seemed to especially hit home when used as criticism of the Republican Party and its presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Harp recalled how Fudge came to New Haven prior to the CT primary to get out the vote for the Clinton campaign.

Health insurer Aetna backs off ACA expansion plans He said consumers can easily sign up for health coverage when they're sick, and then jump off after health services are paid for. Aetna joins a growing list of health insurance companies that are struggling to make money from the new law.

Jeremy Corbyn to speak at rally in Brighton Mr Watson said: "The anti-democratic manoeuvres, the lies and the distortions surrounding Corbyn are an absolute disgrace". Leader of Reading Borough Council Jo Lovelock and her deputy Tony Page head the list of Owen Smith supporters.

Paul Ryan reaffirms support for Trump, critiques campaign Trump, who secured the Republican presidential nomination during his party's convention two weeks ago, remained defiant Tuesday. Pence added that he and Trump "have different styles", which shouldn't be "confused with differences in conviction".

JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers Know Who The Next Bachelor Should Be JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers Know Who The Next Bachelor Should Be There have been reports that Fletcher and Rodgers were simply pretending that they are a couple for the sake of publicity. He added that he would love to see James Taylor or Wells Adams "get a shot at finding that special person as well".

Instagram introduces Snapchat-like feature called 'Stories' Instagram introduces Snapchat-like feature called 'Stories' Instagram Stories introduces a new bar on top of your feed where you'll find the profile pictures of people who you are following. Just like Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories enable users to post photo and video slideshows that will disappear after 24 hours.

Third case of Zika virus confirmed in Snohomish County While the illness typically resolves within a week, some severe cases may require hospitalization. Some 80 percent of those infected with Zika had symptoms.

Turkey raids scientific council in latest post-coup crackdown Turkey raids scientific council in latest post-coup crackdown Turkey has demanded his extradition, but Washington has asked for evidence of the cleric's involvement. There was no immediate Turkish reaction to the decision by the Swedish migration agency.

All Russia's Weightlifters Banned From Olympics A final figure is expected this weekend with the boxing, golf, gymnastic, taekwondo federations still to confirm their verdicts. The Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 will be held in Brazil from August 5 to 21 and September 7 to 18, respectively.

Storms interrupt PGA Championship at Baltusrol Former PGA champion Padraig Harrington also shot a 65 and was at 206, with Russell Knox at 207 after a 67. Officials were hopeful that with no further weather delays, the tournament could be completed on time.

Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR pole at Pocono Raceway Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR pole at Pocono Raceway In his role as a television commentator, Gordon said he has seen lots of loop data that shows Kyle Busch regularly at the top. Monday's forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon with thunderstorms likely.

Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic The National Security Agency has long spied on private citizens using intrusive methods previously unbeknownst to the public. The Republican presidential nominee offers troubling idea on espionage and Russian Federation .

Athletes in Rio Olympics' refugee team luckier than many Athletes in Rio Olympics' refugee team luckier than many And when the Olympic torch relay reached the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro , it found its path disrupted by striking teachers. Some scientists now predict that during the entire Olympic period, perhaps two dozen people will be infected, maximum.

Clinton promises 'clear-eyed' vision for US She touched on the professional points in her life that connect with who she is now, and why she got into public service. She received a further assist from her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who introduced her mother.

Brewers trade Lucroy to Indians The Tigers system has been worn thin over the years as they've continually dipped into the system to acquire major league talent. All this comes after the Indians added All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees in a separate deal.

Promoting national unity, Hillary Clinton also seeks to build trust There were a number of remarkable political speakers at the Democratic National Convention, and a lot of them were civilians. Clinton said that America has to bridge the divides in this country in regards to guns, race and religion.