Final Russian Olympic delegation 271 out of original 387
By iSportconnect | August 4, 2016
Russia’s final Olympic delegation will be 271 out of their original 387 athletes – after the final Court of Arbitration for Sport decisions were taken in Rio. Five athletes are still waiting to hear their fate.
It means only 50 athletes outside of the IAAF’s ban have been prevented from taking part. The IAAF’s blanket ban on Russian athletes excluded 67.
It’s a blow for WADA, who called for a complete ban on Russian athletes. Many IFs were still making their final decisions with the opening ceremony just days away.
Many will be disappointed that such a large contingent of Russian athletes will be allowed to compete, after the McLaren report uncovered state sponsored doping by the Russian between 2012 and 2015.
CAS said it was hearing an unprecedented amount of cases at it’s emergency pre-Games committee. The court told iSportconnect that they will set a record in 2016 for the most number of cases they had ever ruled on.