Russia rowing crew banned from Rio, New Zealand get their place

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Posted: Jun 30, 2016 6:40 PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew have been banned from the Rio Olympics after one of their members failed a doping test in May, the world governing body FISA said on Friday.

Sergej Fedorovtsev provided a urine sample at an out-of-competition test conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on May 17 and tested positive for the prohibited substance trimetazidine, FISA said in a statement.

The Russian crew won the 'last chance' qualifying regatta in Lucerne and advanced to the Rio Games. They will be replaced by third-placed New Zealand.

FISA said Fedorovtsev's 'A' and 'B' samples tested positive for the substance, which is a banned metabolic modulator. The 'B' sample was tested on Thursday.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ken Ferris)