The development comes after United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic, recently elected a member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board, warned countries against boycotting sporting events.

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IOC President Thomas Bach [pictured] recommended other sports to follow the lead set by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), who announced new rules this month that mean at least 16 countries could forfeit spots due to repeated failures.

 

International Swimming Federation (FINA) vice-president Tamas Gyarfas [at right in photo] has been arrested by police in Hungary on suspicion of ordering the murder of media tycoon Janos Fenyo in 1998.

 

Linda Helleland claims the "fractured and confusing" response of the anti-doping system to the Russian crisis has shaken public confidence that WADA and other sporting bodies are "ready, willing and able" to protect clean athletes against doping. 

 

 

Antonina Skorobogatchenko, in red, is one of three Russian teenage handball players to be suspended for 20 months following a positive drugs test for meldonium.

Ukraine-born Oksana Masters is bringing home Paralympic gold from Pyeongchang for the United States, her adopted homeland

 

The announcement came as Russia celebrated 100 days to go until the tournament begins with the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14.

 

Photo: Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich

 

The FISU Forum is a "premier educational event, with the mission of promoting the global university sports movement". Held every other year since 1992, it is seen as a meeting ground for students, sport leaders and leading educators in the fields of physical education and sports development.

 

Additionally, Ukrainian-born Savchenko, a bronze medallist at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 alongside Robin Szolkowy, has equalled the Olympic record of winning a medal in the event at three successive Games - held by six different people.

 

In response to the interview, broadcast on the American network, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it portrayed a man "with emotional if not mental problems". 

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