Accessibility links

Breaking News

Russian Men's Rowing Crew Barred From Rio Olympics For Doping

Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew has been banned from the Rio Olympics after one of their members failed a doping test in May, the world governing body FISA said on July 1.

Sergei Fedorovtsev provided a urine sample at an out-of-competition test conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on May 17 and tested positive for the prohibited substance trimetazidine, FISA said.

While Fedorovtsev is the only crew member who tested positive, the Switzerland-based body's ban prevents the other three Russian rowers from participating in the Rio de Janiero games in August as well.

The Russian crew had won a "last-chance" regatta in Lucerne, qualifying them to compete in Rio. They will be replaced by third-placed New Zealand.

FISA said Fedorovtsev's "A" and "B" samples tested positive for the substance, which is a banned metabolic modulator. The "B" sample was tested on June 30.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and TASS