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Rio 2016 Olympics: Russians 'have cleanest team' as 271 athletes cleared to compete

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Russia will be able to have a boxing team at Rio 2016, which starts in Brazil on 5 August



Russia will have 271 athletes eligible to compete at the Rio Games, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

This is more than two-thirds of their original entry list of 389 athletes, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) recommending a blanket ban after a doping scandal.

Read more: Rio 2016 Olympics: Russians 'have cleanest team' as 271 athletes cleared to compete

Rio Olympics 2016: 31st Games set for opening ceremony

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Brazil is the first South American country to host the Olympics



The 31st Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 31 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.

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Usain Bolt could lose Olympic gold medal over Nesta Carter doping reports

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Nesta Carter (second from left) and Usain Bolt (second from right) won gold for Jamaica in Beijing



Jamaica's Usain Bolt could lose one of the three gold medals he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Reuters report that the 'A' sample of one of his team-mates in the 4x100m, Nesta Carter, was found to contain the banned substance Methylhexanamine.

Read more: Usain Bolt could lose Olympic gold medal over Nesta Carter doping reports


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