Russian pursuiters banned from Rio Olympics lose lawsuit against WADA

Kirill Sveshnikov
Russian rider Kirill Sveshnikov (Image credit: AFP)

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday that a judge in Canada has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the three Russian team pursuiters who were barred from racing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after being implicated in the state-sponsored Russian doping scheme.

Dmitry Sokolov, Kirill Sveshnikov and Dmitry Strakhov protested their exclusion from the Games after being named in the McLaren report that examined evidence that the Moscow anti-doping laboratory swapped samples and falsified results of numerous Russian athletes to cover up doping.

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