Seven Russian swimmers and three rowers have been banned from competing at the Rio Olympic Games by their sports' governing bodies, BBC reports.

 

Swimming's Fina and rowing's Fisa took action after the International Olympic Committee let sports federations decide if athletes should miss the Games.

 

That was in response to a report on state-sponsored doping in Russia.

 

Anti-doping groups had called for a blanket ban on Russian athletes for next month's Rio Games.

 

Last week's McLaren Report - commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency - said figures in Russia's ministry of sport and its secret service were complicit in covering up doping across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports.

 

Sunday's emergency meeting of the IOC opted to let governing bodies for Olympic sports decide if they should ban athletes from Rio - though it did say any Russian athlete previously sanctioned for doping should not go to Brazil.

 

That led Fina to take action against seven swimmers, and it will re-test all the samples collected from Russian competitors at last year's World Championships in Kazan.

 

London 2012 bronze medallist Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova and Anastasia Krapivina - all of whom have previously been sanctioned for banned substances - were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee.

 

 

 

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