MOSCOW: Russia is to start compulsory anti-doping classes in schools as part of a campaign to stamp out cheating in sport, authorities announced Monday.
With the country furiously lobbying to overcome a ban on its athletes in time for the Rio Olympics, the lessons will be part of new measures, drawn up with the Council of Europe, “to reform social attitudes to doping”, the sports ministry said in a statement.
SIX LIFTERS BANNED
MOSCOW: The Russian anti-doping agency says six weightlifters, including former world and European junior champions have been banned for doping offences.
The agency says 2014 world junior champion Larisa Kobeleva received a four-year ban and Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, the European junior champion in 2014, was banned for two years.
AUSSIE CHIEF DEFENDS SHOWCAUSE TO KYRGIOS
SYDNEY: Australia’s team boss for the Rio Olympics has defended the decision to send controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios a 16-page letter asking him to explain his behaviour if he wanted to be picked for the Games.
Kyrgios responded to the letter by declaring himself unavailable for selection.
“Someone needs to stand up,” Australia’s chef de mission for Rio, Kitty Chiller, said.
INDIA FINISH THIRD
NEW DELHI: Indian contingent bagged overall third place in the Asian junior athletics meet that concluded Monday at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Indian team won 17 medals including seven golds, four silver and six bronze medals. Middle distance runners Amoj Jacob and Lily Das won two gold medals each.