By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

Russian athletes blocked from competing as neutrals

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's disabled athletes will not be allowed to compete as neutrals at this month's Rio de Janeiro Paralympics after their country was banned because of a state-sponsored sports doping program. The...

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 10:00 PM

Paralympics - Now Russia banned from 2018 Winter Games

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, already suspended from next month's Rio Paralympics, have also been banned for the winter edition in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 because of a state-sponsored sports doping program. The Russian...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 12:23 AM

Russia to appeal against Rio ban in court

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will appeal in the Swiss Federal Court on Monday against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to uphold a blanket ban on their athletes from competing in next month's Rio Paralympics. "...

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:39 AM

Rio Olympics was like a cold war, says Russian Efimova

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Yulia Efimova, who won twoOlympic silvermedals this month after being cleared to compete in Rio following a doping ban, has compared swimming in the Games to being at war. Initially...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 3:44 PM

Rio Olympics was like a cold war, says Russian Efimova

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Yulia Efimova, who won twoOlympic silvermedals this month after being cleared to compete in Rio following a doping ban, has compared swimming in the Games to being at war. Initially excluded from the...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 9:30 PM

Athletics: First Soviet Olympic champion Ponomareva passes away

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - The first Olympic champion in the history of the Soviet Union, the discus thrower Nina Ponomareva, has died at the age 87, the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) announced on its website www.rusathletics.com on Friday...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 11:26 PM

Volleyballer Tetyukhin named Russia's flag bearer in Rio

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sergei Tetyukhin, the captain of the Russian men's volleyball team, will carry the country's flag during the opening ceremony of the Rio Games, twice Olympic pole vault champion Elena Isinbayeva said on Thursday...

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 7:56 AM

Russia have 'good chance' to be in Rio, says Litvinov

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov believes the country's athletes will be given a lifeline by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to compete at next month's Rio Olympics. Sport's highest court is...

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 11:04 AM

Efimova free to compete in Rio after FINA drops drugs charges

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova is free to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio after the World Swimming Federation (FINA) dropped doping charges against her, her lawyer said on Tuesday. "We received an...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11:47 AM

I'm no traitor, insists cleared Russian Klishina

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete cleared to compete in this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, says she does not feel a traitor. The 25-year-old was given the go-ahead on Sunday by the...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 7:58 AM

Russian swimmer Simonova gets four-year doping ban

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian breastroke swimmer Vitalina Simonova has been suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced. The test result related...

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 8:58 AM

Russia names athletics team hoping ban will be lifted

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has named a track and field team for the Rio Olympics which includes gold medalists Yelena Isinbayeva and Ivan Ukhov among 68 athletes who are hoping an IAAF ban on them competing will be lifted by sport's...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 2:58 AM

Fan chief says Russians suffering 'politicized' treatment at Euro 2016

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's football supporters' association on Thursday said Russian fans were the victims of "politicized" treatment at Euro 2016 and blamed French authorities for violence. Alexander Shprygin...

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:40 PM