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Tennis federation allows Russia to compete in Rio

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has said that seven Russian tennis players are eligible to compete in the Rio Games after "rigorous" anti-doping testing.

The ITF welcomes the decision of the IOC to permit clean athletes to compete in Rio 2016 and to let each International Federation determine the eligibility of its respective Russian athletes. The seven Russian tennis players who have been nominated to compete in Rio have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia.

The ITF believes that this is sufficient for the seven Russian tennis players to meet the relevant requirement of today’s decision of the IOC Executive Board.

The ITF believes it is right that clean athletes are permitted to compete in Rio 2016 and looks forward to welcoming the Russian tennis players, along with all other nominated athletes, to Rio.

– Statement by International Tennis Federation (ITF)


Munich gunman 'planned shooting attack for up to a year'

David Ali Sonboly is believed to have planning the shooting attack for a year.

A gunman who killed nine people during a shooting in Munich, Germany, had planned the attack for a year, the Bavaria state prosecutor's office has said.

A spokesman also said the victims of the shooting were not classmates of 18-year-old student David Ali Sonboly who has been identified as having carried out the attack.

The teenager is said to have been obsessed with mass shootings and is believed to have hacked a Facebook account in an attempt to lure people to a shopping mall where the attack took place.

The prosecutor's office also confirmed that a semi-automatic 9mm Glock handgun used in the attack was purchased on the internet illegally.

Authorities have not been able to interview the teenager's parents, the spokesman added.

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