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MOSCOW---Seven Russian swimmers
have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics, including three linked to recent
allegations of a major doping cover-up by
Russian authorities, world swimming s
governing body FINA said yesterday.
Reigning world 100-metre breaststroke
champion Yulia Efimova is among four
Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian
swimming federation because they previ-
ously served doping bans, FINA said. The
others are Natalya Lovtsova, Anastasia
Krapivina and Mikhail Dovgalyuk.
The International Olympic Committee
on Sunday said Russian athletes with pre-
vious doping bans would be banned from
the Rio Games. That followed the IOC s
decision not to ban the entire Russian team
over allegations of state-sponsored doping.
FINA said three more swimmers were
identified by World Anti-Doping Agency
investigator Richard McLaren when he
examined evidence that Russian government
officials ordered the cover-up of hundreds
of doping tests.
They are 2008 Olympic silver and 2012
bronze medalist Nikita Lobintsev, bronze
medalist Vladimir Morozov and world junior
record holder Daria Ustinova.
Russia s top Olympic official, Alexander
Zhukov, told Russian agency R-Sport that
he now believed a total of 13 Russians would
be ineligible due to previous doping bans.
They would be withdrawn from the team,
The 13 are likely to include athletes in
swimming, cycling, weightlifting, wrestling
On Sunday, the IOC s executive board
asked individual global sports federations
to decide on the entry of Russian athletes,
and announced new eligibility criteria.
The rules prohibit Russia from sending
to the Rio Games any athletes who have
previously served doping bans. Sports fed-
erations can also reject Russian entries if
they have not undergone enough interna-
tional drug testing. Results of Russian tests
will not be accepted following allegations
of routine cover-ups at Moscow s anti-dop-
It remains unclear whether there could
be legal challenges to the IOC criteria. A
similar IOC measure, known as the Osaka
Rule, which would have prohibited any ath-
letes who had received doping bans from
competing in the subsequent Olympics, was
declared invalid by the Court of Arbitration
Zhukov said the IOC s latest criteria vio-
lated the "principle of equality" because
they only applied to Russia, although he
has previously ruled out legal action.
However, Russian Swimming Federation
president Vladimir Salnikov told the state
Tass agency that the four swimmers cut
from its team "have the chance to appeal
to CAS." Efimova s agent, Andrei Mitkov,
told Russia s Sportbox website that she
intended to file an appeal if she was not
allowed to compete.
Russia s track and field athletes remain
barred from the games by the IAAF, a deci-
sion upheld last week by CAS and accepted
by the IOC.
Now, with the Aug. 5 opening ceremony
approaching, it is up to the remaining 27
international sports federations to vet Russ-
ian athletes on an individual basis.
The International Weightlifting Federation
said Monday it was seeking "further clar-
ification" from the IOC and WADA before
making a decision on which Russian athletes
can be cleared to compete at Rio.
The Budapest-based IWF said "some
points might lead to confusion" regarding
the IOC ruling giving individual sports fed-
erations the responsibility of deciding who
can compete in Rio.
The IWF said no Russian weightlifter
sanctioned for doping will be allowed to
compete --- even if they had already served
their suspension --- and that it was waiting
for evidence from the Russian athletes
entered for Rio before making its decision.
The archery federation said Monday it
had approved the entry of three Russian
archers after determining they have no links
World Archery said it was satisfied that
the three female Russian archers nominated
for the games had been tested "extensively"
and have never been sanctioned for doping.
They were listed as Tuiana Dashidorzhieva,
Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova.
RIO DE JANEIRO---Police arrested the last suspect
wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of
the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking
the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro.
The Federal Police said in a statement late Sunday
that the man was caught in the city of Comodoro, in
the central west region of Brazil.
Authorities said he was taken to a federal prison but
didn t reveal his name, citing security reasons. But
family members confirmed the suspect was 32-year-
old Leonid El Kadre de Melo, a mechanic from Mato
The anti-terror case was announced Thursday when
10 Brazilians were arrested in different Brazilian states,
increasing worries over security ahead of the August
5-21 Summer Games. Another man turned himself in
Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said some of
the men had pledged allegiance to IS without having
any personal contact with members of the terrorist
group abroad. The suspects didn t meet in person and
communicated with each other via messaging apps
WhatsApp and Telegram, he said.
The suspects are being held on two terrorism-related
charges for at least 30 days.
The sister of the last suspect arrested, Zeina El Kadre
de Melo, told The Associated Press that to her knowl-
edge, her brother didn t use the popular apps because
his cellphone was an old model with no internet con-
nection. Both apps can also be used on PCs, but are
more commonly used as mobile apps.
Melo said her brother has been falsely accused
because of his Arabic name, of Lebanese origin, and
his religion. He converted to Islam while he served a
prison term for robbery and murder between 2002
"They are judging him because he is Muslim, with
an Arabic name, and has a criminal record," she said.
"But this is a tremendous surprise. There s no way
that is true."
Moraes said the group would have little chance to
mount an attack, describing the men as "amateurs"
and "ill-prepared." The closest the group got to planning
an attack was an alleged attempt via email to buy an
AK-47 assault rifle in a store in Paraguay, he said. But
Moraes said police were justified in acting fast in light
of "lone wolf" attacks in the US and Europe.
The Brazilians discussed using weapons and guerrilla
tactics to potentially launch an attack during the
Olympics, authorities said, but added that the men
hadn t traveled to IS strongholds in Syria or Iraq or
received any training. Police said they would not com-
ment on the religious affiliations of the men.
Federal judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva, who is over-
seeing the investigation, told the newspaper O Globo
over the weekend that there could be more people
involved with the group.
RIO DE JANEIRO---Despite a delay of several days,
the head of the Australian delegation says she
expects her 700 athletes and officials to move into
housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics tomorrow.
Australia refused to check in at the Athletes Village
when it officially opened on Sunday, complaining
about water leaks, gas leaks, electrical faults and filth
that delegation head Kitty Chiller says "endangered"
Chiller said yesterday "it looks we will be able to
move everybody in on Wednesday."
Rio spokesman Mario Andrada says 630 people
are "working around the clock" so the entire village
can be ready on Thursday, barely a week before the
Olympics open on August 5.
Rio officials said 1,600 people were living in the
village on Monday---including 400 athletes. The
village will accommodate about 18,000 athletes and
Seven Russian swimmers
to miss Rio over doping
FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, July 30, 2015, Russia's Anastasia Krapivina competes in the 5 km open-water Team Event final
at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia. World swimming's governing body FINA said yesterday that seven Russian
swimmers had been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three it says were linked to recent allegations of a major doping
cover-up by Russian authorities. AP PHOTO
Brazil police arrest last
suspect in Olympics
Australians ready to
move to Rio village
LOS ANGELES---Even in a jersey with
"USA" on the chest, Kevin Durant got
some boos at Staples Centre on Sunday
He ll probably need to get used to that
sound in this building for the rest of his
When he suits up in Oakland on Tuesday
for the first time since joining the Golden
State Warriors, he ll get another reception
But no hate or love from the stands is
going to deter Durant from trying to win
a gold medal or an NBA title.
"The crowd here tonight was great, so
hopefully it s just as good at Oracle," Durant
said after scoring 19 points at a packed
Staples Center during the Americans 106-
57 victory over China in the second stop
of a five-game pre-Olympics showcase.
When told he had been booed in
pregame introductions, Durant seemed
surprised: "No, I didn t hear it. I did? Huh.
I didn t hear it."
The Los Angeles fans were gathered to
cheer for the Americans during an exhi-
bition blowout, but some of them couldn t
resist jabbing at the newest member of
the Warriors and his two-team teammate,
Draymond Green. The Clippers fans in the
crowd supported the red, white and blue---
but those colors represent something else
to them for most of the year, and they let
their new nemesis know it.
Golden State general manager Bob Myers
was in attendance to see his newest sign-
ing s performance alongside Green and
Klay Thompson, who scored 17 points in
another impressive exhibition victory for
the gold medal favorites.
Myers was surprised by the boos, but
only to a point.
The Clippers have a fierce rivalry with
the Warriors, but it seems increasingly
likely Durant will be a magnet for boos
throughout the league after spurning Okla-
homa City to chase a championship with
Stephen Curry in Oakland.
He ll return to his new home in the East
Bay for what s likely to be a less hostile
reception before the Americans next exhi-
bition, also against China.
"He won t get booed on Tuesday," Myers
Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland
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