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Sharapova included in Russian Olympic team despite suspension

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has been named to compete at the Rio Olympics despite being suspended.

The five-times grand slam tennis champion tested positive for the banned substance meldonium and was provisionally suspended on March 12.

"We will include Sharapova in the team, which we need to announce by 6 June," Shamil Tarpishchev, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), told the R-Sport news agency.

"Whether she competes or not should be decided by the end of the first week of Roland Garros."

Sharapova is waiting for the outcome of a tennis anti-doping committee’s hearing of her meldonium positive case.

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'No British athletes among 31 tested positive after doping retests'

No British athletes will be implicated in the 31 who tested positive doping after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, ITV News understands.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, speaking from the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, said "the usual suspects" are likely to be involved - including Russia - and suggests the sports linked to the recent allegations include those already under the spotlight: "track and field, and weightlifting".

The results for the 250 test samples taken after the London 2012 Olympic Games are likely to be announced before June, he added.

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Joubert named among referees for Rio sevens

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament. Credit: PA

South African Craig Joubert is among the referees chosen by World Rugby to officiate at this summer's Rio Olympics.

Joubert features on a 12-strong panel of referees for the men's tournament, which also includes Scotsman Mike Adamson.

The women's competition group of officials, meanwhile, features England's Sara Cox and Scottish official Alex Pratt.

Rugby union, in its sevens format, will return to the Olympics following a 92-year absence.

Joubert, who is a highly-experienced sevens referee, controlled the 15-a-side 2011 World Cup final in New Zealand, but at last autumn's England-hosted tournament he made a controversial late decision during the Scotland versus Australia quarter-final that World Rugby later announced had been incorrect.

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