The Latest: Judo federation approves Russia team for Rio Olympics


MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

The International Judo Federation says it has approved Russia’s judo team to compete at the Olympics.

Federations are required to examine the drug-testing history of Russian Olympic athletes, and to check if they were implicated in the alleged doping cover-up involving government officials.

The IJF says that it “continues to support the participation of all Russian athletes qualified for the Rio Olympic Games” and that they were all “tested a number of times” ahead of the Olympics.

The list of 11 Russian athletes approved by the IJF must now be submitted to an arbitrator from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The IJF is widely seen as close to Russia on sports policy issues. Its honorary president is Russian President Vladimir Putin.___    12:45 p.m.

The umbrella body for summer Olympic sports says the Russian doping scandals have been misused for “media exposure and political influence” at the expense of the Rio Games.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations criticizes what it calls “important voices, both within and outside the Olympic movement” for allegedly exploiting Russian doping for their own ends.

The ASOIF statement suggests that it would have been better to act on the interim report of World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, which alleged a massive cover-up of Russian doping cases, after the games in Rio.

The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided against a blanket ban for Russia in light of the McLaren report, but tightened entry criteria for Russian athletes.___    10:55 a.m.

The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the IOC’s concerns about individual justice are well-founded but must be applied to benefit athletes who compete against state-sponsored doping systems.

In a statement released after the IOC’s decision to not ban the entire Russian Olympic contingent, Scott Blackmun said if the individual sports enforce the conditions established by the IOC for entry and the IOC makes sure those conditions are met, then it would be a step in the right direction.

Blackmun also reiterated what he’s said all summer: that the system is flawed and in need of reform.___    10:15 a.m.    

The International Shooting Sport Federation has cleared all 18 members of the Russian team to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The ISSF says none of the 18 previously served doping bans and none were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s recent report into alleged Russian doping cover-ups.___    10 a.m.

Two Russian modern pentathlon athletes have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being implicated in an alleged doping cover-up.

The International Modern Pentathlon Union says that Maxim Kustov and Ilya Frolov were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s report last week as having allegedly had positive tests covered up by Russian authorities.

Kustov had been entered for the Russian team, with Frolov as a reserve, and both will now be excluded, the UIPM says. Latvian athlete Ruslan Nakonechny replaces Kustov in the men’s event.

The UIPM, which approved Russia’s other three entries, says it “is fully committed in the fight against doping.”___    9 a.m.

Heading into the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency has warned there is insufficient drug testing in a number of ex-Soviet countries with some of the world’s worst doping records.

Asked about countries including Ukraine, Belarus and Central Asian states, WADA spokeswoman Maggie Durand told The Associated Press by e-mail that “there is a need to increase testing capacity in all of these regions and we are working with these countries to ensure more testing is occurring.”

Many ex-Soviet countries conducted few tests in 2014, the last year for which worldwide figures are available, with just two tests all year in Ukraine.

Durand says Azerbaijan’s anti-doping activities “have not been progressing to the level that one would expect.”___    8:45 a.m.

Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko and four other Russian canoeists have been barred from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being named in a recent report alleging a state-sponsored doping cover-up.

The International Canoe Federation said that the five were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s report last week, which specifically detailed how Russian state officials allegedly intervened to cover up hundreds of failed drug tests.

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