Greek competitor tests positive for drugs - team

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

That triggered an automatic suspension from Rio according to criteria laid down by the International Olympic Committee last month in response to revelations of widespread state-backed Russian doping across a wide range of sports.

An unnamed Greek athlete has tested positive and been expelled from the Rio Games, the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) announced Friday, hours before the Games got underway in Brazil.

These are the first athletes to be cleared by the panel.

Irish boxer Michael O'Reilly became the first athlete to fail a test at this year's Games, although he is thought to still be in Rio, staying in a separate part of the athletes village to his team-mates.

"The result from the IOC Review Panel is as follows: 271 athletes will form the team entered by the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC) from the original entry list of 389 athletes", the IOC said in a press release.

All 11 members of the Russian judo team have been cleared to compete in the Rio Olympic Games.

Instead the Games' ruling body directed sports federations to allow Russian athletes to compete if they met a set of criteria, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at global events.

In the men's boxing competition, Vasilii Egorov (49kg), Misha Aloian (52kg), Vladimir Nikitin (56kg), Adlan Abdurashidov (60kg), Vitaly Dunaytsev (64kg), Andrey Zamkovoy (69kg), Artem Chebotarev (75kg), Petr Khamukov (81kg) and Evgeny Tishchenko (91kg) were cleared to compete.

The IOC recently rejected calls from anti-doping organizations to ban Russia's entire team following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigator that detailed evidence of state-directed doping and cover-ups.

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