Russian sculls team banned from Rio Olympics after failed doping probe

Russian sculls team banned from Rio Olympics after failed doping probe

Russia’s men’s quadruple sculls crew have been banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after Athens 2004 gold medallist Sergei Fedorovtsev failed a drugs test, the International Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced.

Fedorovtsev competed a week later at the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne, where Russia finished first to qualify for Rio.

As the 36-year-old, who won gold in the quadruple sculls at the 2004 Olympics, had provided a positive doping test, the federation announced “the results of all competitions in which the rower participated after 17 May 2016 are therefore automatically disqualified”.

As a result, New Zealand – who finished third in the qualifying event – will now replace the Russian crew in Rio de Janeiro.

Russia’s athletes have already been banned from competing for their country in the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee last week announced that prospective Olympians from the country, in all sports, would have to pass individual anti-doping assessments before being declared eligible.