ITF clears all eight Russians to compete in Rio

All seven Russian tennis players have been cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics after a rigourous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Sunday.

Svetlana Kuznetsova has successfully cleared ITF's rigorous doping tests and can compete in Rio Olympics.   -  Reuters

All seven Russian tennis players have been cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Sunday.

“The eight Russian tennis players who have been nominated to compete in Rio have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia,” the ITF said in a statement.

“The ITF believes that this is sufficient for the seven Russian tennis players to meet the relevant requirement of today's decision of the IOC Executive Board.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Sunday not to impose a blanket ban on Russia competing at the Rio Games, leaving decisions on the participation of athletes to individual sports federations.

Russian tennis squad:

Women: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Darya Kasatkina, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina;

Men: Andrey Kuznetsov, Evgeny Donskoy, Teymurz Gabashvili

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