Other members of Russia’s quadruple rowing crew except for Sergey Fedorovtsev may participate in the Rio Olympics, President of the Russian Rowing Federation Veniamin Bout told TASS on July 2.
A quartet of Russian rowers has been disqualified from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games after one of the crew’s members, Fedorovtsev, tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug Trimetazidine, the press service of the World Rowing Federation (FISA) announced on July 1.
"Yes, definitely we won’t have quadruple sculls at the Games but all athletes except for Fedorovtsev may fill an eight or a coxless four," Bout said. "Naturally, that’s up to the coach."
"The quadruple sculls had very high chances for the medal, now we have five boats left - that’s 28 rowers. We will strengthen other crews, I hope for the best. I think that we should have a strong men’s eight," he added.
The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kick off on August 5.
Fedorovtsev, 36, is the 2004 Athens Olympic Games gold medalist and two-time European champion. He provided a urine sample at an out-of-competition test conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on May 17, 2016. A month later, the analysis of this urine sample indicated a positive result for the prohibited substance Trimetazidine, FISA said. On June 30, the B sample was opened in the presence of the rower and the subsequent analysis confirmed the result of the A sample.
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