Russian Equestrians Cleared to Compete at Rio 2016

The news comes following confirmation that none of the five have previous horse or human anti-doping rule violations.

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The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that all five Russian equestrian athletes have been cleared to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio.

The news comes following a detailed submission by the FEI, including confirmation that all five had no previous anti-doping rule violations.

The five Russian equestrian athletes that will now compete in Rio are:

  • Eventing: Aleksandr Markov riding Kurfurstin, Andrey Mitin riding Gurza, and Evgeniya Ovchinnikova riding Orion.
  • Dressage: Inessa Merkulova riding Mister X and Marina Aframeeva riding Vosk.

Following a meeting on July 24, the IOC Executive Board (EB) declared that Russian athletes would only be accepted as eligible for the Rio 2016 Games if they met a set of stringent criteria, including individual analysis of each athlete’s individual anti-doping record. The EB also ruled that any Russian athlete that had ever been sanctioned for doping, even if they had served the sanction, would not be eligible to compete in Rio

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