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5 Russian canoeists including an Olympic gold medalist banned from Rio over doping

SWITZERLAND: The Governing Body of Canoeing has banned five Russians including a gold medalist and a five-times world champion. Secretary General of International Canoe Federation, Simon Toulson said that the canoeing became the latest sport to ban the players of Russia from the Games.

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The ICF said that The International Canoe Federation(ICF) has taken fast action to remove five Russian canoe sprint athletes from the Rio Olympic 2016 Games following the release of additional information naming those implicated by the McLaren report.

The five Russians were banned from the games, named as Natalia Podolskaya, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor, Alexey Korovashkov and Elena Aniushina.

Alexey Korovashkov is a five-times world champion. Korovashkov won a bronze medal in London four years ago and Dyachenko won gold in a doubles kayak sprint.

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The Olympics begin on August 5 some of whom are already in Brazil, It gives sports federations precious little time to deal with Russian competitors.

Seven swimmers, two weightlifters, a wrestler and three rowers have all also been barred from the Rio Olympic Game 2016.

A damning report which contain the name of 25 canoe sprint athletes, issued last week by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

Toulson said that we are depressed that our sport is involved, this is a bitter blow for the Olympic movement.

The ICF will continue its strong zero-tolerance stance. It remove all athletes that contravene its rules in any way.

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