MOSCOW (Reuters) - United World Wrestling, the governing body for Olympic forms of wrestling, said on Thursday a special commission it set up had recommended that 16 of the 17 Russian wrestlers who qualified for the Rio Olympics should be allowed to take part.

It said in a statement the 16 had been tested in accredited laboratories outside Russia, and were not mentioned in a report that alleged Russia ran a state-sponsored doping program.

It said one competitor, Viktor Lebedev, should not take part in the Rio Games because he had a positive doping test in 2006.

(Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)