2016 Rio Olympics; IJF clear 11 Russian judokas for the Games

Vladimir Putin

Eleven Russian judokas have been cleared to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by the sport’s worldwide governing body.

The decision from the International Judo Federation (IJF) comes as a result of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) leaving the responsibility of Russian participation at the Games to the International Federations (IFs).

The IJF had confirmed their opposition to any blanket ban on Russian athletes at next month’s Games following the release of the McLaren Report, which revealed the presence of a Russian doping scheme across more than 30 sports as well as several major events, last week.

IJF President, Marius Vizer had raised eyebrows when he compared the situation to the Cold War – the period of political tension between western superpower the United States and the-then Soviet Union throughout the second half of the 20th century.

The governing body had been widely expected to allow Russian competitors to take part in Rio following Vizer’s strong show of support for the under-fire nation.

Many in the country believe that Russia has been the victim of a political witch-hunt, while it has been pointed out that clean athletes would have been the collateral damage had the IOC chosen to impose a wholesale ban on the nation.

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