Russian Equestrians receive good news from the International Olympic Committee today stating that all five athletes are cleared to compete in the Olympics.
With just one day before opening ceremony, and two days before the start of events, the International Olympic Committee announced the fate of Russia’s Equestrian athletes. The committee’s final verdict clears all horses and riders to compete in the Rio games. The five athletes competing for Russian Equestrian are Eventing riders Aleksandr Markov, Andrey Mintin and Evegeniya Ovchinnikova as well as Dressage competitors Inessa Merkulove and Marina Aframeeva.
The International Equestrian Federation ( FEI) President Igmar De Voys released a statement shortly after news broke.
FEI President Ingmar De Vos says: “This has been a very difficult time for our Russian athletes, who all have clean anti-doping records under both human and equine testing regimes, so we are very happy to have confirmation today from the IOC that all five are now declared eligible to compete.”