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Roger Black: IOC are 'passing the buck' over Russia

Olympic silver medallist Roger Black. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Former British Olympian Roger Black has said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are "passing the buck" by not banning Russia from Rio.

The 400m silver medallist told Good Morning Britain: "If there was ever an opportunity for the IOC to make a stance and say the future of the Olympics is a clean games, it was now.

"Russian athletes are already out in Rio with the less than two weeks to go before the Olympic Games and we don't know who is going to compete.

"What we're watching is an absolute mess and it's an opportunity completely missed."

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)


Bosses 'should allow time for staff to watch Olympics'

Employers should consider introducing flexible working in the coming weeks to allow sports fans to watch the Olympics, experts have said.

Workers should be allowed time to watch the Olympics, Acas said Credit: PA

Conciliation service Acas issued has issued guidance urging bosses to consider allowing staff to start later or finish early and make up time on different days. They should also be allowed to swap shifts, the advice adds.

Acas chairman Sir Brendan Barber said flexible working agreements could help managers get the best from their teams.

Rio 2016 will be an exciting event for many sports fans but staff should avoid getting disqualified for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.

Many businesses need to maintain a certain staffing level in order to survive and sprint to that finish line.

Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before the starting gun goes off for the Olympic Games.

These agreements can help ensure businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too, which are key ingredients for a gold medal winning team line up.

– Sir Brendan Barber, Acas

Retests show 45 more athletes doped in Olympics

Doping retests have found banned substances in 45 athletes from the Beijing and London Olympic Games.

Of the 30 in Beijing, 23 were medallists, the International Olympic Committee said.

The reanalysis of the tests are part of the IOC’s efforts to keep dopers away from the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

"All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016," the IOC said.

doping samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were selected to be reanalysed in two waves

Brazil terror suspects 'plotted attack during Rio games'

Soldiers stand guard outside the Olympic village in Rio Credit: Reuters

Brazil arrested ten people suspected of plotting a terror attack inspired by the so-called Islamic State during the Olympic Games, the justice minister said.

Alexandre de Moraes said that police acted to smash the ring after they began discussing using weapons to launch an attack during the Rio games.

A further two people were still being hunted, he added.

No specific target for an attack was said to have been identified by the group, all of whom reportedly pledged support to IS via social media.

Those involved participated in an online group denominated 'the defenders of Sharia' and were planning to acquire weapons to commit crimes in Brazil and even overseas.

– Alexandre de Moraes

He described the group as "absolutely amateur" with no real preparation for an attack and no known contact with the IS terror group despite their pledges of allegiance.

It comes after a previously unknown Brazilian group calling itself "Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil" announced its backing for IS via the messaging app Telegraph on Sunday.

Security services have stepped up security in preparation for the Olympics, which are set to start in just over two weeks on August 5.

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