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Ilnur Zakarin among Russian cyclists excluded from competition at Olympics

Josh Cunningham
28 Jul 2016

Of the Russian cyclists implicated in the McLaren Report, 3 are being pursued by the UCI, 3 have been withdrawn, and 11 are clear to race.

A UCI press release has given further details of the Russian cyclists implicated in the McLaren Investigation Report, published last Monday.

The statement reads: 'The UCI immediately sought information from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) related to the sport of cycling and was informed that three riders named by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to compete in Rio 2016 were potentially implicated.

'The UCI, through the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), is in the process of identifying relevant rider samples and is in close dialogue with WADA to move forward with these cases immediately. It has also passed the names of these three athletes to the IOC in the context of its Executive Board decision.'

The Russian Olympic Committee has already withdrawn the three other riders who had previously been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations. These riders include Katusha's Ilnur Zakarin, the track rider Olga Zabelinskaya and road race candidate Sergey Shilov. 

The statement also explains how the remaining 11 riders named by the ROC to compete have been under scrutiny from CADF: 'After thorough analysis of the testing history of these riders and considering the scrutiny currently being applied to all of them, the UCI and CADF believe that this is sufficient for these athletes to meet the relevant requirement of the decision of the IOC Executive Board.'

So while these eleven appear to have been granted an opportunity to compete, and three athletes have already been blocked, the fate of the three outstanding riders potentially implicated in the McLaren report now lays in the hands of the the IOC, WADA the UCI and CADF. It is not known from what cycling discipline the riders are due to compete in. 

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