Russia: Sport Federations Removed Athletes From Result of McLaren Report

With the publication of the McLaren Report on the accusation of government sponsored doping from Russia the IOC has ruled that Russia will not be banned from the 2016 Olympic Games, but gave each sport federation a set of rules to follow and remove athletes should they not meet the standards. The notable rules include the removal of all athletes implicated in the report, the removal of athletes whom have doped in the past and the removal of athletes which have not satisfied testing standards after excluding the results from the Moscow lab. While most sports did not make any changes others have.

Before the report was released athletics had already banned all of Russia’s athletes, with the exception of ones which have been out of the Russian testing system long enough. Currently only Darya Klishina has satisfied IAAF’s standard, she will compete in the women’s long jump. The other 67 athletes chosen by Russia did not make the standard. Yuliya Stepanova was also eligible to compete, but due to her role in exposing the Russian doping scandal she currently has not been selected to compete.

Besides athletics the biggest loss of athlete quotas comes from rowing. Originally Russia qualified five boats with 28 athletes (including 2 coxswains). In total 20 athletes were found to not have sufficient testing, causing World Rowing to remove four boats from Russia; the men’s lightweight fours, men’s eights, women’s lightweight double sculls and women’s eights. Russia was allowed to make a team to compete in the men’s fours out of the remaining six rowers; the two coxswains were technically eligible though for obvious reasons were not going to be selected. The reallocated boats went to Australia (women’s eights), Greece (men’s lightweight fours) and Italy (men’s eights and women’s lightweight double sculls).

Overall only one sport suffered a full banned. Due to multiple athletes getting caught doping the International Weightlifting Federation has completely banned Russia. Earlier Russia lost one man and one woman quota due to excess doping violations, but now they have lost the remaining eight (5 men, 3 women) quotas. The women’s quotas have been reallocated to Albania, Georgia and Moldova while the men’s quotas have been reallocated to Belgium, Croatia, El Salvador, Mongolia and Serbia.

In aquatics only swimmers were removed. Four athletes were removed due to having prior doping violations while three more were removed due to being implicated into the report. One of these athletes was open water swimmer Anastasia Krapivina. This means her quota has been reallocated to Hungary’s Anna Olasz.

The International Canoeing Federation announced five athletes scheduled to compete at the 2016 Olympics will be removed due to their involvement in the report. This has caused Russia to lose athlete quotas in five boats; men’s K2 200m, men’s C1 200m, men’s C2 1000m, women’s K1 200m and women’s K2 500m. The quotas have been reallocated to Austria (women’s K2 500m), Germany (women’s K1 200m), Iran (men’s C1 200m) and Sweden (men’s K2 200m). The men’s C2 1000m was not reallocated. The additional boat in the women’s K1 500m which did not use an athlete quota has also been removed.

Edit: Sweden has declined the quota, it has been reallocated to Canada

In cycling six athletes were withdrawn, three due to previous doping violations and three others whom were implicated in the report. Currently the UCI has not named the athletes or any potential change in the quotas.

In modern pentathlon Maksim Kustov and alternate Ilia Frolov were connected in the report and have been excluded. The quota was reallocated to Latvia’s Ruslan Nakonechnyi.

United World Wrestling removed one wrestler due to a prior doping violation. Viktor Lebedev has been removed from his event, men’s freestyle -57kg. The quota was reallocated to Belarus.

In sailing one athlete, in the men’s 470 was connected to the report and has been removed. However, Russia has been given an opportunity to make a late replacement.

In total, including athletics the Russian team has shrank by 122 athletes. While most of them were removed due to previous doping offenses or being included in the report others have been excluded due to being teammates of someone who has doped.


Net Athlete Quotas by Nations

  • Italy – 11
  • Australia – 9
  • Greece – 4
  • Austria – 2
  • Canada – 2
  • Albania – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Belgium – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • El Salvador – 1
  • Georgia – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Latvia – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Russia – -122


Note: Possible cycling reallocations have yet to be announced.




Wrestling: Quotas Lost Due to Meldonium Reinstated

After reviewing the meldonium guidelines outlined by the IOC and WADA the United World Wrestling has reinstated the disqualified quotas for nations. Specifically the quotas won by; Poland’s Magomedmurat Gadzhiev (men’s freestyle -65kg), Ukraine’s Andriy Kziatkovsky (men’s freestyle -65kg), Kyrgyzstan’s Yanarbek Kenzheev (men’s Greco-Roman -85kg), Mongolia’s Sumiya Erdenchimeg (women’s freestyle -53kg) and Ukraine’s Oksana Herhel (women’s freestyle -58kg).

Also while Ukraine’s Alen Zasieiev (men’s freestyle -125kg) was reinstated Ukraine did not gain a quota because the nation re-qualified at a later tournament. The UWW also announced that the nations which benefitted from the reallocation previously will get to keep their quotas.


Quotas by Nations

  • Ukraine – 2
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Poland – 1



Wrestling: Initial Tripartite Quotas Announced

The initial tripartite quotas have been announced for wrestling. Tripartite quotas are awarded to nations which have qualified an average of less than eight athletes over the past two Olympics. In total four quotas were available which could be distributed in any fashion.

The quotas went to Cambodia’s Sotheara Chov in the women’s freestyle -48kg, Haiti’s Asnage Castelly in the men’s freestyle -74kg, Honduras’ Brenda Bailey Gomez in the women’s freestyle -48kg and Palau’s Skilang Florian Temengil in the men’s freestyle -125kg.

Four more tripartite quotas are now available due to the reallocation of unused host quotas. It is expected that the selection will be announced at a later date.


Quotas by Nations

  • Cambodia – 1
  • Haiti – 1
  • Honduras – 1
  • Palau – 1



Wrestling: Olympic Quotas Reallocated Due to Doping

Update: Egypt’s Aly Hamdy also tested positive for doping in the men’s freestyle -97kg. The quota has been transferred to Guinea-Bissau via Bedopassa Buassat.

United World Wrestling has announced some changes to the qualification list. The changes are due to athletes who qualified their nation getting caught doping. Following the qualification document the next highest ranked athlete from the event where the doping infraction occurred qualified their nation to the Olympics. This caused some confusion in two weight classes because the newly qualified nation had qualified in a subsequent event meaning that spot also had to be reallocated. In total seven athletes in five events have been caught doping.

In the men’s Greco-Roman -85kg event Kyrgyzstan’s Zhanarbek Kenzheev was caught doping in the Asian Olympic Qualifier. The Olympic quota was reallocated to India via Ravinder Khatri’s bronze medal performance.

In the women’s freestyle events there were two doping cases. In the -53kg event Mongalia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg was caught doping in the Asian Olympic Qualifier meaning the quota has been reallocated to India via Kumari Babita. Similarly in the -58kg Ukraine’s Okasan Herhel was caught doping in the European Olympic Qualifier, moving the quota to Moldova via Mariana Cherdivara Esanu.

The men’s freestyle events are bit more complicated. In the -65kg event both Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland and Andriy Kvyatkovskyy of Ukraine were caught doping during the European Olympic Qualifier. This would transfer the quotas to Georgia via Zurabi IakoBishvili and Armenia via Devid Safaryan. This caused Georgia’s spot won during the 1st World Olympic Qualifier to transfer to Bulgaria via Boris Novachkov and subsequently Bulgaria’s spot won during the 2nd World Olympic Qualifier will be transferred to the United States via Frank Molinaro.

Similarly in the men’s freestyle -125kg event both Ukraine’s Allen Zasieiev and Belarus’ Yusup Jalilau were caught doping during the European Olympic Qualifier. The quotas were now transferred to Bulgaria via Lyuben Iliev and Hungary via Daniel Ligeti. Hungary’s spot won during the 1st World Olympic Qualifier should have been transferred to Bulgaria, but Bulgaria has already qualified through the European qualifier meaning the quota has been given to Kyrgyzstan via Aiaal Lazarev.

There is the possibility that more suspensions could occur in the future, though it would likely be from athletes which only compete in one of the two World Qualification Tournaments.


Quotas by Nations (Net Changes)

  • India – +2
  • Armenia – +1
  • Bulgaria – +1
  • Moldova – +1
  • United States – +1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 0
  • Belarus – -1
  • Mongolia – -1
  • Poland – -1
  • Ukraine – -3



Wrestling: Final Spots Given At 2nd Qualification Tournament

23 nations qualified athletes at the 2016 Second World Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Second World Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Istanbul, Turkey from May 6th to May 8th 2016.

The men’s Greco-Roman events featured four withdrawals in the finals, mostly due to the perception that there was nothing left to fight for after qualifying to the Olympics. Turkey benefitted from this as they became the winners in the -75kg where Selcuk Cebi defeated Bulgaria’s Daniel Aleksandrov and in the -98kg where Cenk Ildem defeated Italy’s Daigoro Timoncini. Similarly Germany’s Denis Kudla had a walkover against Georgia’s Robert Kobliashvili in the -85kg and Sweden’s Johan Euren had a walkover against Georgia’s Iakob Kajaia. In the events where the final was actually played Azerbaijan’s Rasul Chunayev defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Ruslan Tsarev in the -66kg. Iran completed its Greco-Roman team with Iran’s Hamid Sourian defeating United States’ Jesse Thielke in the -59kg.

In the women’s freestyle Ukraine did well by winning two events. Yuliya Khavaldzhy defeated Turkey’s Bediha Gun in the -53kg while Alina Stadnyk had a walkover against Norway’s Signe Marie Store in the -69kg. Russia also had two gold medalists with Ekaterina Bukina defeating Germany’s Maria Selmaier in the -75kg and Valeria Koblova defeating India’s Sakshi Malik in the -58kg. India won a gold medal of its own in the -48kg where Vinesh Phogat defeated Poland’s Iwona Matkowska. In the -63kg Poland won the gold where Monika Michalik defeated Sweden’s Henna Johansson.

Uzbekistan won two quotas in the men’s freestyle events. Bekzod Abdurakhmanov won the -74kg in a walkover against Spain’s Taimuraz Friev while Abbos Rakhmonov lost in the final of the -57kg to Turkey’s Suleyman Atli. In the -65kg Bulgaria’s Borislav Novachkov won in a walkover against Canada’s Haislan Garcia. China’s Bi Shengfeng defeated South Korea’s Kim Gwan-Uk in the -86kg. The -97kg saw Romania’s Albert Saritov defeating Mongolia’s Dorjkhandyn Khüderbulga. The -125kg had Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi defeating Belarus’ Ibrahim Saidau.

The men’s freestyle -125kg highlights a strange scenario as both Ukraine and Belarus qualified different athletes at the European qualifiers. This is due to those athletes failing a doping test. However, those athletes have not been formally suspended so depending on the hearings there will be reallocations of quotas one way or another.

Overall this was the final opportunity for athletes to qualify to the Olympics. In total before reallocation and tripartite quotas 59 nations qualified at least one athlete. Russia will compete in the most events, qualifying in 17 out of the 18 events, missing only the women’s freestyle -53kg.


Quotas by Nations

  • Turkey – 4
  • Ukraine – 3
  • Bulgaria – 2
  • Georgia – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • India – 2
  • Poland – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Uzbekistan – 2
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • China – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • United States – 1



Wrestling: 1st World Qualifier Qualifies 28 Nations

28 nations qualified at least one athlete at the 1st World Wrestling Qualification Tournament. The top three athletes from the men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman and the top two athletes from the women’s freestyle qualified their nations to the Olympics. The 1st World Wrestling Qualification Tournament was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from April 22nd to April 24th 2016.

Belarus topped the Greco-Roman events by winning two gold medals. Aliaksandr Hrabovik defeated Georgia’s Revazi Nadareishvili in the -98kg while Javid Hamzatau defeated Armenia’s Maksim Manukyan in the -85kg. Armenia secured a second quota in the -75kg where Arsen Julfalakyan won the third place bout. The -75kg was won by Hungary’s Peter Bacsi in a walkover after China’s Yang Bin withdrew. China’s Meng Qiang also withdrew in the -130kg to give Iran’s Amir Ghasemi the victory. Uzbekistan’s Muminjon Abdullaev won the third place bout while his compatriot Elmurat Tasmuradov won the play-off match in the -59kg. The -59kg was won by South Korea’s Kim Seung-Kak whom defeated Norway’s Stig Andre Berge. Romania’s Ion Panait won the -66kg event over Finland’s Tero Valimaki. Lithuania’s Edgaras Venckaitis won the third place bout. Sweden also qualified two athletes in the third place bouts via Zakarias Berg in the -85kg and Fredrik Schon in the -98kg.

The United States qualified two athletes in the women freestyle events. In the -53kg Helen Maroulis defeated Greece Maria Prevolaraki while Haley Augello lost to North Korea’s Kim Hyon-Gyong in the -48kg. Hungary also qualified two athletes to the Olympics, but lost both of their final bouts. In the -63kg Marianna Sastin had to withdraw giving Turkey’s Hafize Sahin the victory while Zsanett Nemeth lost to France’s Cynthia Vescan in the final of the -75kg. The -58kg was won by Ecuador’s Lissette Antes whom defeated Germany’s Luisa Niemesch while the -69kg was won by Israel’s Ilana Kratysh whom defeated Venezuela’s Maria Acosta in the final. This will Israel’s first female wrestler to compete at the Olympics.

The final day contained results from the men’s freestyle events. In the -65kg it was Bahrain’s Adam Batirov whom defeated Georgia’s Zurabi Iakobishvili in the final. Third place bout winner Yakup Gor of Turkey also qualified to the Olympics. Turkey ended up qualifying a second quota as they won the -74kg event over Bulgaria’s Georgi Ivanov. Moldova’s Evgheni Nedealco also qualified to the Olympics by winning the third place bout. Moldova won a second third place bout through Nicolae Ceban in the -97kg event. The event was won by Armenia’s Georgy Ketoyev whom defeated Uzbekistan’s Magomed Ibragimov. The -86kg event was won by J’den Cox of the United States who defeated Venezuela’s Pedro Ceballos in the final. The third place bout was won by Poland’s Zbigniew Baranowski. Poland won a second third place bout with Robert Baran in the -125kg event. The event was won by China’s Deng Zhiwei in a walkover against Hungary’s Daniel Ligeti. The -57kg event was won by Romania’s Ivan Guidea whom defeated Azerbaijan’s Mirjalal Hasanzada in the final. The third place bout was won by Sandeep Tomar of India.

With this competition Azerbaijan and Georgia will be sending full men’s freestyle teams. Unqualified nations will get one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at a second world qualification tournament due to be held in May.


Quotas by Nations

  • Hungary – 4
  • Armenia – 3
  • China – 3
  • Turkey – 3
  • United States – 3
  • Uzbekistan – 3
  • Belarus – 2
  • Georgia – 2
  • Moldova – 2
  • Poland – 2
  • Romania – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Bahrain – 1
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • France – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • India – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • North Korea – 1
  • South Korea – 1



Wrestling: Eastern European Nations Top European Qualifiers

Bulgaria, Poland and Ukraine led all nations in qualifying at the 2016 European Wresting Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each weight class qualified their nation to the Olympics. The European Wrestling Qualification Tournament was held in Zrenjanin, Serbia from April 15th to April 17th 2016.

Each day had two men’s freestyle, two women’s freestyle and two Greco-Roman events. The first day was led by Bulgaria and Poland whom qualified two athletes each. 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Vladimir Dubov of Bulgaria won the men’s freestyle -57kg over Armenia’s Garnik Mnatsakanyan 10-0. Dubov’s compatriot Elitsa Yankova also won her event, the women’s freestyle -48kg over Romania’s Alina Vuc in a 3-2 match. Poland’s Katarzyna Krawczyk defeated Germany’s Nina Hemmer in the women’s freestyle -53kg 10-0. Krawczyk’s compatriot Magomedmurad Gadzhiev gave Poland its second gold medal after he defeated Ukraine’s Andriy Kvyatkovskyi 4-0 in the men’s freestyle -65kg. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tamas Lorincz of Hungary won his event by defeating Georgia’s Shmagi Bolkvadze 4-1 in the men’s Greco-Roman -66kg. The final event was won by Russia’s Sanal Semenov over Serbia’s Kristijan Fris in the men’s Greco-Roman -59kg via a score of 8-0.

On the second day Russia completed its Greco-Roman team with Aleksey Mishin winning the -85kg over Bulgaria’s Nikolay Bayryakov 3-1. Russia also qualified a second quota of the day in the women’s freestyle -63kg. However, Anastasia Bratchikova lost to Belarus’ Maryia Mamashuk 4-2. In the women’s freestyle -58kg Bulgaria’s Mimi Hristova defeated 2015 World -60kg gold medalist Oksana Herhel of Ukraine 5-2. After ensuring there spot to the Olympics two final matches ended in walkovers. The men’s Greco-Roman -75kg where Serbia’s Viktor Nemes won over Zurab Datunashvili of Georgia and the men’s freestyle -86kg where Hungary’s Istvan Vereb won over Amarhajy Mahamedau of Belarus. The final event was won by Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil Hasanov over Georgia’s Jakob Makarashvili 11-0.

On the final day Estonia won two gold medals in the Greco-Roman events. Ardo Arusaar defeated Hungary’s Adam Varga 3-1 in the Greco-Roman 98kg while 2012 Olympic silver medalist Heiki Navi defeated Germany’s Eduard Popp 3-0 in the Greco-Roman -130kg. Poland defeated Turkey in two finals; Radoslaw Baran defeated Ibrahim Bolukbasi 3-1 in the men’s freestyle -97kg while Agnieszka Wieszczek defeated Buse Tosun 9-5 in the women’s freestyle -69kg. Turkey did still win a gold medal in the women’s freestyle -75kg where Yasemin Adar won over Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova in a walkover. The final event was won by Ukraine’s Alen Zasyeyev who won in a walkover against Belarus’ Yusup Jalilau.

Unqualified athletes will still have two more chances at qualifying at one of the two final qualification tournaments. The first one is scheduled for next week while the other will occur during the beginning of May.


Quotas by Nations

  • Bulgaria – 4
  • Poland – 4
  • Ukraine – 4
  • Belarus – 3
  • Georgia – 3
  • Hungary – 3
  • Russia – 3
  • Turkey – 3
  • Estonia – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • Serbia – 2
  • Armenia – 1
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Romania – 1