Olympics: Banned Russian Swimmers Given Rio All-clear

Olympics: Banned Russian swimmers given Rio all-clear

RIO DE JANEIRO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th August, 2016) - Two Russian swimmers barred from the Olympics after an investigation found state-run doping have been given the all-clear to compete in Rio, world swimming federation FINA told AFP on Thursday. Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev had been banned after being implicated in the Richard McLaren report on state-run doping in Russia.

But they were named among 31 swimmers allowed to compete in Rio, FINA said. The appeals of Yulia Efimova, a London bronze medallist, and Daria Ustinova were still pending, with Efimova's case being heard on Thursday morning. With the Rio opening ceremony fast approaching on Friday, the International Olympic Committee was racing to confirm the final list of Russians allowed to compete in the Games.