Japanese supplier threatened to punish Russian athletes for doping

Japanese sportswear manufacturer Asics has threatened to stop supplying uniforms to Russian athletes if cases of doping continue to be detected. The Times writes about this with reference to the company’s statement.

Asics may reconsider the contract under which it supplies the uniform for the Russian wrestling team, the company said a few days before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. While the United World Wrestling organization (develops Olympic sports in this sport. – Vedomosti) continues to allow Russian athletes who have not been convicted of doping to the Games, Asics will support the athletes and supply them with clothing and footwear, The Times quotes. But in the event of new allegations of doping in the run-up to or during the Olympic Games, the company may reconsider the situation.

Viktor Lebedev, who is one of the favorites of the freestyle wrestling tournament in the weight up to 57 kg, was not allowed to the Olympics. He was disqualified due to a positive doping test taken at the 2006 World Junior Championships.

As of July 29, 272 Russian athletes have been admitted to the Olympic Games, said Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko. The World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remove the entire Russian national team from the 2016 Olympic Games. However, on July 24, the IOC gave the right to decide on the admission of athletes to the Games to sports federations. At the same time, the Russians, who have already been convicted of doping, should not be allowed to the games, the committee decided.

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