Russia Launches Last-Ditch Legal Bid for Rowers

     RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Russia is to launch a last-ditch legal bid to reinstate 19 of its rowers who were banned from the Rio Olympics because of insufficient drug testing.
     Russian Rowing Federation head Veniamin But tells The Associated Press by telephone that he plans to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week to try to overturn the ruling from World Rowing.
     The 19 were excluded because World Rowing said they had not been tested often enough by reliable international authorities.
     Tests conducted by the Russian anti-doping agency, which is suspended following repeated allegations of cover-ups, are not considered valid for Olympic purposes.
     But adds that his rowers “are training and are ready to travel” to Rio at short notice if they win their case.

%d bloggers like this: