Russia given Olympic judo clearance


Russia will be represented in judo events at the Rio Olympics after the sport's federation opted against banning athletes from nation.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday said it would be up to individual sports federations to decide whether to allow Russians to compete in Brazil after opting against imposing a blanket ban following revelations of state-sponsored doping made in the McLaren report.

Just 10 days before the Games the International Judo Federation (IJF) has cleared Russian judokas to go for gold.

An IJF statement released on Tuesday said: "Following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the IOC and WADA, IJF continues to support the participation of all Russian athletes qualified for the Rio Olympic Games.

"Within the framework of the IJF anti-doping rules and testing scheme, these athletes, like all athletes participating in the World Judo Tour circuit, were tested a number of times, outside Russia as well, during international competitions or through out-of-competition tests. There was no sanction given to Russian judokas.

"Therefore, the IJF has submitted the testing history of the concerned athletes to the IOC and at the moment we are awaiting further recommendations in order to proceed."

IJF president Marius Vizer said: "I sincerely hope that those athletes who are clean and have no doping records will be able to participate at the Olympic Games, as they have trained hard and, according to available evidence, have not participated in any form of doping.

"Understanding the huge impact this scandal has on world sports, the clean Russian athletes nonetheless should have a chance just like other clean athletes from any other country."

Russian president Vladimir Putin is an honorary president of the IJF.