Natalya Aksyonova makes an attempt in the women's high jump during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Aksyonova is among the more than 100 athletes who have been barred from competing in the Rio
Alexander Zemlianichenko
July 29, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) Russia says its taekwondo team has been approved to compete at the Rio Olympics against the backdrop of the country's doping scandal.

Under International Olympic Committee rules introduced last week following accusations of a vast state-sponsored doping cover-up, Russian athletes must be individually approved by international sports federations and rejected if they previously were banned for doping offenses or implicated in the alleged cover-up.

Anatoly Terekhov, head of the Russian Taekwondo Union, says all Russians entered for taekwondo in Rio have been approved by the World Taekwondo Federation, in comments to Russian agency R-Sport.

Terekhov says he received a letter from the WTF and that ''we were told that all three of our athletes have officially been admitted to compete in the Olympic Games.''

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