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Russia's boxing team cleared for Rio

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 8:00 AMLeroy Brown

Russia's boxing team of nine men and three women has been cleared to participate in the Rio Olympics by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). This announcement was made by AIBA yesterday, after what they said was a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the anti-doping records of the boxers.

The Russian team, like all others, went through an arduous and comprehensive qualifying process, in which they vied with other countries from all over the world for the places available in the Games. There were 250 places for men in 10 weight categories, and 36 for women, in three weight classes.

Through this qualification process nine Russian men from the flyweight 49kilos category, to the heavyweight 91kilos category earned places. Two women, lightweight 60 kilos, Anastassia Beliakova and middleweight 75kilos Iaroslava Iakushina also qualified.

Because of allegations of extensive doping, the Russian team to the Olympics, was subjected to close scrutiny and although calls for a ban of the entire Russian team was rejected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it was stated that all the various International Federations had to do their own investigations and make separate rulings.

Some teams were banned, including that for track and field events, but after several days of investigations, AIBA gave its decision yesterday, that all 11 Russians who have qualified will be allowed to box. This decision will allow for a more competitive tournament as the Russian boxers have for a long time been in the forefront of boxing in the Olympics.