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Russian Boxing Team Cleared To Compete In Rio


All 11 Russian boxers who qualified for the Rio Olympics have been given the all clear to compete at the games.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) said on August 4 that a three-member International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel ratified its decision to allow the Russian boxers to fight in Rio.

The IOC has asked individual federations to decide whether Russians could compete following the country's doping scandal.

Earlier this week, the Russian weightlifting team and 17 rowers failed to have their bans overturned on appeal.

Track-and-field athletes had already been banned.

The OIC is expected to announce later the total number of Russians who will be allowed to compete in Rio, ahead of the Olympics' opening ceremony on August 5.

Russia's Olympic chief Aleksandr Zhukov predicted that as many as 280 of 387 Russian athletes would compete at the games.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and the BBC

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