ISSF nod for 18 Russian shooters to compete in Rio

Confirming that anti-doping procedures had been followed on the three samples in shooting as mentioned in the McLaren report, the ISSF mentioned in a statement that none of the three shooters would be competing in the Olympics.

ISSF has allowed all the 18 Russian shooters who have been entered by the ROC to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.   -  AP

The Executive Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has recommended to the IOC that the 18 shooters who have qualified for the Olympics be allowed to compete in Rio de Janeiro.

Confirming that anti-doping procedures had been followed on the three samples in shooting as mentioned in the McLaren report, the ISSF mentioned in a statement that none of the three shooters would be competing in the Olympics.

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"The 18 Russian shooters who have been entered by the ROC to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are neither mentioned in the McLaren report nor have they tested positive further to a doping control according to the information we possess. Further, all Russian athletes are being carefully monitored as part of ISSF’s intelligence based testing program," the statement said.

The ISSF Executive "unanimously voted confirming that all 18 Russian athletes fulfil the criteria set by the IOC further to its Executive Board meeting decision on Sunday July 24th".

Emphasising that it would submit all relevant documents to the IOC as requested for its evaluation and decision, the ISSF said that it was looking forward to receiving additional findings that may become available as part of the extended McLaren investigation, and promptly comply with the findings.