Rowing Russia withdraws four-man team from Lithuania to get space
July 18 (Reuters) – The Russian Rowing Federation (RRF) withdrew its men’s double-quad team from the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday because the skill level of two potential substitutes on the crew did not meet the standards of the Games.
The global governing body of sport, World Rowing, said in a statement it had contacted the Lithuanian Rowing Federation to offer its crew the available space as they were the next placement team in the final Olympic qualifying regatta.
It added that the International Olympic Committee had “exceptionally” approved the late replacement.
“The RRF Coaching Council has carefully analyzed the training results of two potential substitutes in the M4x crew and has come to the conclusion that their skills do not meet Olympic standards,” said the RRF in a statement released by World Rowing.
“Considering these and other important factors such as the inability to properly conduct the final stage of preparation for the athletes on this team for the Games, high levels of psycho-emotional tension and pressure and, as a result, the inability to produce a decent result in the upcoming games. .. Regatta, the association management decided with a heavy heart to withdraw the crew from the competition. “
Two Russian rowers from the quadruple team had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, after doping controls outside of competitions in June after the last Olympic qualification regatta.
The duo was temporarily suspended and excluded from the games. However, their boat remained qualified for Tokyo and the Russian team was allowed to use replacements according to the Olympic qualification system.
World Rowing said it is now awaiting a decision by Lithuania after Russia’s withdrawal.
The games start on July 23rd.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Adaptation by Kim Coghill
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