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by CyclingTips

July 25, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chloe Hosking sprints to victory at La Course; Andre Greipel takes final sprint victory on Champs-Elysees, Chris Froome wins third Tour de France; Nicolas Marini wins stage 8 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Oleg Tinkov: I’ll come back and win the Tour de France when Froome has gone; Quintana to miss Rio Olympics; Zakarin’s Olympic bid still uncertain – may compete as independent athlete; Rio Olympics 2016: Athletes’ village ‘unliveable’…

Zakarin’s Olympic bid still uncertain – may compete as independent athlete

by CyclingTips

The Associated Press reports that Olympic leaders have assigned individual global sports federations the responsibility to decide which athletes should be cleared to compete and it’s not certain what the UCI’s stance on Russia is.

However, Cyclingnews reports that Russian cyclist Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) may look at riding the Rio Olympic Games as an independent athlete after the IOC announced on Sunday that Russia will be banned from competing due to an uncovered state sponsored doping program.

In order to go this route, Russian athletes must prove that any anti-doping controls have been carried out by WADA accredited agencies. Russia no longer has and WADA accredited lab after it had lost had its only one in Moscow after the cover-up was revealed.

Katusha told Cyclingnews that Zakarin had undergone 12 out-of-competition tests this season and that all of them had been done by WADA accredited laboratories. Zakarin does not live or race in Russia during the season so all of his anti-doping test have been carried out by other agencies.

In 2009, Zakarin served a two-year doping ban for anabolic steroids use. The IOC’s ruling would also affect Olga Zabelinskaya who was set to ride the women’s road events. In July 2014, Zabelinskaya tested positive for octopamine and in February 2016 she accepted a retroactive ban that expired in September 2015. It’s unclear if Zabelinskaya will take the same route to try to race in Rio.

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