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‘Pied Piper of Woburn’ Hull eclipsing world number one Ko

By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – British number one Charley Hull looked like the ‘Pied Piper of Woburn’ as she treated her fans to another sparkling exhibition of golf to move into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Friday.

The 20-year-old, who is playing at her home course this week, delighted family, friends and a host of local schoolchildren in the crowd by firing a two-under 70 in the second round that included a run of five birdies in six holes from the seventh.

Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy caused controversy during the men’s British Open at Royal Troon two weeks ago when he said “I didn’t get into golf to get other people in the game”.

World number 27 Hull, however, clearly takes a different view.

Asked by reporters if she sees herself as having a key role in inspiring youngsters to start taking up the game, she replied: “Yeah, I do, because I’m one of the young English players coming up…I feel like I am a major role model.

“It’s a good feeling. It is part of being a professional golfer, to get people into the game.

“It’s a lot of fun, I enjoy it. It’s great for golf and great for my golf club, Woburn.”

Hull again played alongside world number one Lydia Ko at the fourth women’s major of the season and her 36-hole tally of five-under 139 was five strokes better than the South Korean-born New Zealander.

The only downside for the young Briton, who burst on to the international stage as a 17-year-old with a brilliant performance in Europe’s 2013 Solheim Cup win over the U.S., came when her group was put on the clock for slow play on Friday.

“That came when it was raining so it kind of made me rush and I bogeyed 16,” said Hull. “It was a bit pointless but it’s stuff that you’ve got to deal with.

“I’m usually quite a fast player…so it can put me out a little bit.”

(Editing by Toby Davis)

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Ko avoids KO blow with two late birdies at Woburn

By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Lydia Ko, faced with the embarrassing prospect of missing the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Friday, showed why she is the world’s number one golfer by delivering the goods when it mattered.

The South Korean-born New Zealander was two-over-par for the tournament with four holes of her second round remaining but birdies at the 15th and 16th mean she is almost certain to be around for the weekend at the fourth women’s major of the year.

“Those birdies really gave me some breathing room going down the last two holes,” Ko told reporters after a two-under 70 gave her a level-par aggregate of 144.

“I didn’t hit the ball very well today…not many putts were falling…but I tried to stay positive until the end. I just tried to keep chipping away,” she added.

“Going into today my goal was to play all four days so I think goal number one is accomplished.”

Ko said the Marquess Course at Woburn was a difficult test for the players and could not believe clubhouse leader Lee Mi-rim (71) of South Korea was flying high at 11-under.

“I don’t know what course she is playing right now but I think it’s all about the putting here,” Ko said.

“It’s really undulating and if you put yourself on the wrong slope you could end up having a putt that almost breaks 90 degrees. If they fall it’s almost like a two-shot swing.”

Ko played alongside local favorite Charley Hull, who is on five-under-par, for the second day running and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of performing in front of a sizeable crowd.

“For this many people to come out to watch, it’s great,” said the 19-year-old Kiwi. “They love watching her here especially at a club she’s played at for a long time.

“For her to play good golf and for there to be a lot of people, I think it’s double the fun.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Ko avoids KO blow with two late birdies at Woburn

Golf-Ko avoids KO blow with two late birdies at Woburn

By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England, July 29 (Reuters) – Lydia Ko, faced with the embarrassing prospect of missing the cut at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Friday, showed why she is the world’s number one golfer by delivering the goods when it mattered.

The South Korean-born New Zealander was two-over-par for the tournament with four holes of her second round remaining but birdies at the 15th and 16th mean she is almost certain to be around for the weekend at the fourth women’s major of the year.

“Those birdies really gave me some breathing room going down the last two holes,” Ko told reporters after a two-under 70 gave her a level-par aggregate of 144.

“I didn’t hit the ball very well today…not many putts were falling…but I tried to stay positive until the end. I just tried to keep chipping away,” she added.

“Going into today my goal was to play all four days so I think goal number one is accomplished.”

Ko said the Marquess Course at Woburn was a difficult test for the players and could not believe clubhouse leader Lee Mi-rim (71) of South Korea was flying high at 11-under.

“I don’t know what course she is playing right now but I think it’s all about the putting here,” Ko said.

“It’s really undulating and if you put yourself on the wrong slope you could end up having a putt that almost breaks 90 degrees. If they fall it’s almost like a two-shot swing.”

Ko played alongside local favourite Charley Hull, who is on five-under-par, for the second day running and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of performing in front of a sizeable crowd.

“For this many people to come out to watch, it’s great,” said the 19-year-old Kiwi. “They love watching her here especially at a club she’s played at for a long time.

“For her to play good golf and for there to be a lot of people, I think it’s double the fun.” (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Plays resumes at PGA Championship after brief suspension

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Early second-round play in the PGA Championship resumed after a delay of 41 minutes at Baltusrol on Friday with weather threatening to cause further interruptions in the year’s final major championship.

Heavy rain forced a brief suspension after the golfers had been on the course for a little more than an hour, but the rain let up on the humid, overcast day where possible thunderstorms remained in the forecast.

Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, who began the day one stroke behind American leader Jimmy Walker, took a step back on the leaderboard in the early going.

Bogeys at the first and third holes dropped Kaymer to two under before a birdie at the par-three fourth brought him back within two shots of the lead.

Australian John Senden covered the front nine in one-under 33 to join Kaymer, British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, England’s Andy Sullivan and Americans Harris English and James Hahn on three under par for the tournament.

One shot behind Walker, who posted a five-under 65 in the first round, were Englishman Ross Fisher and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo. The trio were all among Friday’s late starters.

(Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Golf-‘Pied Piper of Woburn’ Hull eclipsing world number one Ko

By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England, July 29 (Reuters) – British number one Charley Hull looked like the ‘Pied Piper of Woburn’ as she treated her fans to another sparkling exhibition of golf to move into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Friday.

The 20-year-old, who is playing at her home course this week, delighted family, friends and a host of local schoolchildren in the crowd by firing a two-under 70 in the second round that included a run of five birdies in six holes from the seventh.

Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy caused controversy during the men’s British Open at Royal Troon two weeks ago when he said “I didn’t get into golf to get other people in the game”.

World number 27 Hull, however, clearly takes a different view.

Asked by reporters if she sees herself as having a key role in inspiring youngsters to start taking up the game, she replied: “Yeah, I do, because I’m one of the young English players coming up…I feel like I am a major role model.

“It’s a good feeling. It is part of being a professional golfer, to get people into the game.

“It’s a lot of fun, I enjoy it. It’s great for golf and great for my golf club, Woburn.”

Hull again played alongside world number one Lydia Ko at the fourth women’s major of the season and her 36-hole tally of five-under 139 was five strokes better than the South Korean-born New Zealander.

The only downside for the young Briton, who burst on to the international stage as a 17-year-old with a brilliant performance in Europe’s 2013 Solheim Cup win over the U.S., came when her group was put on the clock for slow play on Friday.

“That came when it was raining so it kind of made me rush and I bogeyed 16,” said Hull. “It was a bit pointless but it’s stuff that you’ve got to deal with.

“I’m usually quite a fast player…so it can put me out a little bit.” (Editing by Toby Davis)

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Golf-Plays resumes at PGA Championship after brief suspension

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) – Early second-round play in the PGA Championship resumed after a delay of 41 minutes at Baltusrol on Friday with weather threatening to cause further interruptions in the year’s final major championship.

Heavy rain forced a brief suspension after the golfers had been on the course for a little more than an hour, but the rain let up on the humid, overcast day where possible thunderstorms remained in the forecast.

Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, who began the day one stroke behind American leader Jimmy Walker, took a step back on the leaderboard in the early going.

Bogeys at the first and third holes dropped Kaymer to two under before a birdie at the par-three fourth brought him back within two shots of the lead.

Australian John Senden covered the front nine in one-under 33 to join Kaymer, British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, England’s Andy Sullivan and Americans Harris English and James Hahn on three under par for the tournament.

One shot behind Walker, who posted a five-under 65 in the first round, were Englishman Ross Fisher and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo. The trio were all among Friday’s late starters.

(Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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July 29 (Gracenote) – Latest leaderboard in the second round from the PGA Championship at the par-70 course on Friday in Springfield, New Jersey

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-5 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 65

-4 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 66

Ross Fisher (Britain) 66

-3 Andy Sullivan (Britain) 67

James Hahn (U.S.) 67

Harris English (U.S.) 67

John Senden (Australia) 11 68

Martin Kaymer (Germany) 8 66

-2 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 6 70

Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5 70

Webb Simpson (U.S.) 4 69

Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) 68

Andrew Johnston (Britain) 9 70

David Lingmerth (Sweden) 68

Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 68

K.J. Choi (Korea) 68

Scott Hend (Australia) 68

Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 68

Robert Streb (U.S.) 68

Vaughn Taylor (U.S.) 68

Jason Day (Australia) 68

-1 Gregory Bourdy (France) 69

Lee Westwood (Britain) 69

Justin Thomas (U.S.) 69

Paul Casey (Britain) 69

Victor Dubuisson (France) 69

Bradley Dredge (Britain) 69

Jon Curran (U.S.) 69

Chris Wood (Britain) 69

Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 69

Alexander Noren (Sweden) 9 70

Steve Stricker (U.S.) 9 69

Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 69

Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 4 68

William McGirt (U.S.) 5 70

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 4 67

Marc Leishman (Australia) 6 71

Danny Lee (New Zealand) 7 69

Ryan Moore (U.S.) 3 71

Kyle Reifers (U.S.) 3 70

0 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 3 70

Song Young-Han (Korea) 2 71

Francesco Molinari (Italy) 7 71

Russell Knox (Britain) 6 70

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 6 70

Justin Rose (Britain) 5 70

Bubba Watson (U.S.) 6 71

Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 5 72

Colt Knost (U.S.) 11 69

Yuta Ikeda (Japan) 11 70

Russell Henley (U.S.) 10 68

Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 70

Branden Grace (South Africa) 70

Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 70

Brian Stuard (U.S.) 70

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 70

Bill Haas (U.S.) 70

Adam Scott (Australia) 70

1 Jamie Lovemark (U.S.) 71

Hideto Tanihara (Japan) 71

Marcus Fraser (Australia) 71

Kevin Na (U.S.) 71

Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 71

Jason Bohn (U.S.) 71

Patton Kizzire (U.S.) 71

Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 71

Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 71

Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 71

Zach Johnson (U.S.) 71

Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 71

Daniel Berger (U.S.) 71

Scott Piercy (U.S.) 9 72

Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 10 71

Danny Willett (Britain) 4 71

Jason Dufner (U.S.) 8 71

Brendan Steele (U.S.) 7 71

Kim Si-Woo (Korea) 2 71

Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 3 72

2 Ben Polland (U.S.) 3 72

Sergio Garcia (Spain) 6 71

Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 5 73

Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 6 72

Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 5 71

Harold Varner III (U.S.) 11 72

George Coetzee (South Africa) 72

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 72

Ryan Helminen (U.S.) 72

Matthew Fitzpatrick (Britain) 8 72

Rich Beem (U.S.) 9 69

Luke Donald (Britain) 7 72

Kristoffer Broberg (Sweden) 72

Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) 72

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 72

Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 72

Omar Uresti (U.S.) 72

Greg Chalmers (Australia) 72

Roberto Castro (U.S.) 72

3 David Muttitt (U.S.) 73

Smylie Kaufman (U.S.) 73

Zachary Blair (U.S.) 73

Rod Perry (U.S.) 73

Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 73

Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 73

Wang Jeung-Hun (Korea) 73

Matt Dobyns (U.S.) 73

Ernie Els (South Africa) 73

Billy Horschel (U.S.) 9 72

Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 10 70

4 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 7 74

Rob Labritz (U.S.) 10 71

An Byeong-Hun (Korea) 7 72

Yang Yong-Eun (Korea) 8 72

Shane Lowry (Ireland) 7 72

Jim Furyk (U.S.) 7 74

Darren Clarke (Britain) 74

Vijay Singh (Fiji) 74

John Daly (U.S.) 74

Brian Gaffney (U.S.) 74

Chris Kirk (U.S.) 74

Rory McIlroy (Britain) 74

Matt Jones (Australia) 74

Bryce Molder (U.S.) 2 74

5 Peter Malnati (U.S.) 4 73

Mitch Lowe (U.S.) 2 74

Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 75

Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 75

Mark Brown (U.S.) 75

J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 75

Gary Woodland (U.S.) 10 73

Anirban Lahiri (India) 8 73

David Toms (U.S.) 9 74

Rich Berberian Jr. (U.S.) 8 72

6 Shaun Micheel (U.S.) 8 77

Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 11 72

Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 7 75

Graeme McDowell (Britain) 4 74

Jim Herman (U.S.) 6 77

Lee Soo-Min (Korea) 5 77

Wyatt Worthington II (U.S.) 76

Kevin Streelman (U.S.) 2 75

7 Tommy Sharp (U.S.) 77

Josh Speight (U.S.) 77

Kim Kyung-Tae (Korea) 4 77

Joe Summerhays (U.S.) 11 76

Fabian Gomez (Argentina) 10 75

Rocco Mediate (U.S.) 8 76

Tony Finau (U.S.) 8 77

8 Michael Block (U.S.) 11 72

Johan Kok (South Africa) 10 72

9 Troy Merritt (U.S.) 10 77

James Morrison (Britain) 9 78

Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 4 77

Brad Ott (U.S.) 2 79

Rick Schuller (U.S.) 3 78

10 Brandon Stone (South Africa) 9 79

15 Brad Lardon (U.S.) 4 83

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Golf-European Tour King’s Cup scores

July 29 (Gracenote) – Scores from the European Tour King’s Cup at the par-70 course on Friday in Pattaya. The cut was set at 141.

-7 Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 66 67

Sattaya Supupramai (Thailand) 63 70

-6 Joachim Hansen (Denmark) 67 67

-5 Natipong Srithong (Thailand) 66 69

Jaco Ahlers (South Africa) 67 68

Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Thailand) 67 68

Lin Wen-Tang (Chinese Taipei) 69 66

-4 David Lipsky (U.S.) 69 67

Lukas Nemecz (Austria) 70 66

Francesco Laporta (Italy) 65 71

Phachara Khongwatmai (Thailand) 71 65

Scott Barr (Australia) 68 68

Jazz Janewattananond (Thailand) 66 70

Johan Edfors (Sweden) 68 68

Nicolas Paez (U.S.) 68 68

S. Chikkarangappa (India) 68 68

Danthai Boonma (Thailand) 68 68

-3 Mardan Mamat (Singapore) 66 71

Miguel Tabuena (Philippines) 70 67

Gaganjeet Bhullar (India) 65 72

Chinnarat Phadungsil (Thailand) 71 66

Sam Brazel (Australia) 69 68

Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Thailand) 68 69

Mark Foster (Britain) 71 66

Tom Johnson (U.S.) 65 72

Peradol Panyathanasedh (Thailand) 70 67

Daniel Im (U.S.) 67 70

-2 John Parry (Britain) 68 70

Chan Shih-Chang (Chinese Taipei) 71 67

Lionel Weber (France) 68 70

Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 67 71

Jason Knutzon (U.S.) 70 68

Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 71 67

Angelo Que (Philippines) 71 67

Victor Gebhard Osterby (Denmark) 69 69

-1 Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Thailand) 68 71

Malcolm Kokocinski (Sweden) 71 68

Settee Prakongvech (Thailand) 70 69

Piya Swangarunporn (Thailand) 69 70

Alessandro Tadini (Italy) 70 69

Dean Burmester (South Africa) 73 66

Casey O’Toole (U.S.) 71 68

Poom Saksansin (Thailand) 70 69

Shiv Kapur (India) 72 67

Chapchai Nirat (Thailand) 71 68

Eddie Pepperell (Britain) 67 72

S.S.P. Chawrasia (India) 70 69

Rhys Davies (Britain) 69 70

Huang Wenyi (China) 68 71

Chiragh Kumar (India) 67 72

0 Thummanoon Koonmark (Thailand) 71 69

Rattanon Wannasrichan (Thailand) 68 72

Hung Chien-Yao (Chinese Taipei) 72 68

Kwanchai Tannin (Thailand) 70 70

Wolmer Murillo (Venezuela) 71 69

Simon Yates (Britain) 68 72

Thanyakorn Khrongpha (Thailand) 69 71

Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Thailand) 67 73

Kevin Techakanokboom (Thailand) 66 74

Shunya Takeyasu (Japan) 70 70

Pelle Edberg (Sweden) 71 69

1 Steve Lewton (Britain) 69 72

Antonio Ferrer (Spain) 69 72

Arnond Vongvanij (Thailand) 70 71

Itthipat Buranatanyarat (Thailand) 67 74

Napat Pattamasing (Thailand) 73 68

Niall Turner (Ireland) 69 72

Carlos Pigem (Spain) 72 69

Raththee Sirithanakunsak (Thailand) 73 68

Ryan Evans (Britain) 73 68

Tony Lascuna (Philippines) 71 70

Chawalit Plaphol (Thailand) 70 71

Scott Jamieson (Britain) 71 70

Udorn Duangdecha (Thailand) 71 70

Wisut Artjanawat (Thailand) 72 69

Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 70 71

Dodge Kemmer (U.S.) 70 71

David Lutterus (Australia) 73 68

Shubhankar Sharma (India) 69 72

Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol (Thailand) 72 69

2 DNQ Clement Berardo (France) 70 72

Jordan Zunic (Australia) 69 73

Trevor Immelman (South Africa) 69 73

Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka) 72 70

Danny Chia (Malaysia) 73 69

Paul Peterson (U.S.) 69 73

Javier Colomo (Spain) 70 72

James Robinson (Britain) 69 73

Worrasorn Suwanpanang (Thailand) 70 72

Somkiat Srisanga (Thailand) 73 69

3 DNQ Naras Luangpetcharaporn (Thailand) 72 71

Adam Groom (Australia) 70 73

Panuphol Pittayarat (Thailand) 72 71

Poosit Supupramai (Thailand) 71 72

Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Thailand) 71 72

Panuwat Muenlek (Thailand) 73 70

Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand) 71 72

Himmat Rai (India) 69 74

Shaun Norris (South Africa) 70 73

Jobim Carlos (Philippines) 71 72

Sam Chien (U.S.) 72 71

Kevin McLister (U.S.) 70 73

4 DNQ Jakraphan Premsirigorn (Thailand) 71 73

Brett Munson (U.S.) 69 75

Namchok Tantipokhakul (Thailand) 74 70

Lee Chieh-Po (Chinese Taipei) 75 69

Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (Thailand) 74 70

Keith Horne (South Africa) 69 75

Chan Yih-Shin (Chinese Taipei) 74 70

Choi Seung-Hyun (Korea) 69 75

Josh Younger (Australia) 73 71

5 DNQ Jeong Jin (Korea) 75 70

Stuart Manley (Britain) 69 76

Unho Park (Australia) 70 75

Estanislao Goya (Argentina) 72 73

Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh) 68 77

Hong Soon-Sang (Korea) 72 73

Greg Moss (U.S.) 74 71

Pannakorn Uthaipas (Thailand) 73 72

Jose Rolz (Guatemala) 73 72

Raphael De Sousa (Switzerland) 74 71

Natthapong Niyomchon (Thailand) 74 71

David Dixon (Britain) 72 73

Chris Hanson (Britain) 73 72

6 DNQ Seve Benson (Britain) 73 73

Sorachut Hansapiban (Thailand) 72 74

Masaru Takahashi (Japan) 72 74

7 DNQ Nakarintra Ratanakul (Thailand) 76 71

Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand) 72 75

Juvic Pagunsan (Philippines) 71 76

Rashid Khan (India) 73 74

Adilson Da Silva (Brazil) 72 75

8 DNQ Jordan Sherratt (Australia) 76 72

Ronnachai Jamnong (Thailand) 77 71

Phanuvich Onchu (Thailand) 74 74

John Catlin (U.S.) 71 77

Hsieh Chi Hsien (Chinese Taipei) 76 72

Lu Wei-Chih (Chinese Taipei) 70 78

9 DNQ Simon Griffiths (Britain) 69 80

Sean Riordan (New Zealand) 76 73

Thepbadin Amaranan (Thailand) 76 73

Michael Wright (Australia) 71 78

10 DNQ Kasidit Lepkurte (Thailand) 79 71

Sun Sirisin (Thailand) 73 77

Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (Thailand) 75 75

Thammanoon Srirot (Thailand) 73 77

Narinrit Tantrakul (Thailand) 74 76

Richard Lee (Canada) 71 79

11 DNQ Janne Kaske (Finland) 78 73

12 DNQ Lindsay Renolds (Canada) 73 79

13 DNQ Nitithorn Thippong (Thailand) 82 71

17 DNQ Daniel Gavins (Britain) 80 77

-1 WDW Liang Wenchong (China) 69

2 WDW Kalem Richardson (Australia) 72

3 WDW Rahil Gangjee (India) 73

6 WDW Chang Yi-Keun (Korea) 76

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Factbox: Russian athletes affected by Rio bans

(Reuters) – Following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month’s Rio Games.

The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics.

Here is the current state of play among the 28 Olympic sports.

AQUATICS (SWIMMING, DIVING, SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING AND WATERPOLO) – Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.

FINA said the “exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified” and an “ad hoc commission will have to investigate”.

All samples collected from Russian swimmers at the 2015 world championships are being re-tested.

ARCHERY – Russia’s three-member archery team has been given the all clear to take part in the Rio Games by the World Archery Federation (WA).

ATHLETICS – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has upheld the ban of all Russian track and field athletes from Rio except any allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

Long jumper Darya Klishina is the only athlete to have been cleared to participate in Rio as a neutral athlete.

Whistleblower and middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova had been cleared to compete at the Games as a neutral athlete by the IAAF but was ruled out by the IOC due to her past doping record.

BADMINTON – The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has included four Russian players in the draw for the Rio Olympics, “pending the validation of the International Olympic Committee”.

BOXING – The International Boxing Association is yet to announce a decision on 11 Russian boxers.

CANOEING – Five Russian canoe sprint athletes have been banned from competing in Rio by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).

London Games gold medalist Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor, Alexey Korovashkov along with Elena Aniushina and Natalia Podolskaia have been banned.

CYCLING – Three cyclists have been withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee, three riders are under investigation by the sport’s world governing UCI and 11 are eligible to compete.

EQUESTRIAN – Five Russian riders have been cleared by the sport’s governing body (FEI) to compete at the Rio Games.

FENCING – The International Fencing Federation cleared the 16-member fencing team.

GOLF – Awaiting decision on one Russian golfer.

GYMNASTICS – The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said on Thursday that it had sent the names of Russian gymnasts eligible for participation at the Rio Games to the IOC for verification.

However, R-Sport news agency cited FIG’s vice-president Vitaly Titov as saying that the Russian gymnasts had been cleared to compete.

HANDBALL – The International Handball Federation has announced that it is conducting out-of competition tests on the Russian women’s team participating at the Rio Games.

JUDO – The International Judo Federation, which lists Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honorary president, has given the green light for the 11 Russian judo competitors to take part.

MODERN PENTATHLON – Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov have been barred from the Olympics because of prior anti-doping offences, but three other Russians, including former world champion Aleksandr Lesun, will compete at Rio.

ROWING – Ivan Balandin from the Russian men’s eight has been banned from competing at Rio by the World Rowing Federation.

Anastasiia Karabelshchikova and Ivan Podshivalov, who had been sanctioned for anti-doping violations in 2007/2008, were also not eligible for the Games.

Russia’s men’s quadruple sculls crew were banned from Rio after one of their members, Sergej Fedorovtsev, failed a doping test in May.

On Tuesday, the federation said that 17 entered rowers and two of the coxes did not meet conditions to take part but six Russian rowers were cleared for Rio.

SAILING – World Sailing has provisionally confirmed the participation of six athletes from Russia for the Games. Pavel Sozykin was the lone athlete banned from competing in Rio.

SHOOTING – The International Shooting Federation (ISSF) has cleared all 18 Russian shooters to compete at the Games.

TABLE TENNIS – Three Russians await a decision from the International Table Tennis Federation.

TAEKWONDO – Three Russians have qualified for Rio but await a decision from the World Taekwondo Federation.

TENNIS – All seven Russian tennis players have been cleared to compete in Rio by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

TRIATHLON – The International Triathlon Union has cleared all six Russian athletes for the Rio Games.

VOLLEYBALL – International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) said it had submitted a list of Russian volleyball and beach volleyball participants to the IOC and CAS for approval.

R-Sport reported that the Russian volleyball team had been cleared to compete at Rio.

WEIGHTLIFTING – The International Weightlifting Federation said it would evaluate the evidence against Russian athletes once received.

WRESTLING – A special commission set up by United World Wrestling, the governing body for Olympic forms of wrestling, has cleared 16 of the 17 Russian wrestlers to compete at Rio. The names have been submitted to the IOC and CAS for acceptance.

Viktor Lebedev was the lone wrestler not to be cleared due to a positive doping test in the 2006 junior world championships.

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HOCKEY – Not qualified.

FOOTBALL – Not qualified.

RUGBY SEVENS – Not qualified.

BASKETBALL – Not qualified.

(Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly, Neville Dalton)

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July 29 (Reuters) – Following the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month’s Rio Games.

The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics.

Here is the current state of play among the 28 Olympic sports.

AQUATICS (SWIMMING, DIVING, SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING AND WATERPOLO) – Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.

FINA said the “exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified” and an “ad hoc commission will have to investigate”.

All samples collected from Russian swimmers at the 2015 world championships are being re-tested.

ARCHERY – Russia’s three-member archery team has been given the all clear to take part in the Games by the World Archery Federation (WA).

ATHLETICS – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has upheld the ban of all Russian track and field athletes from Rio except any allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

Long jumper Darya Klishina is the only athlete to have been cleared to participate in Rio as a neutral athlete.

Whistleblower and middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova had been cleared to compete at the Games as a neutral athlete by the IAAF but was ruled out by the IOC due to her past doping record.

BADMINTON – The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has included four Russian players in the draw for the Rio Olympics, “pending the validation of the International Olympic Committee”.

BOXING – The International Boxing Association is yet to announce a decision on 11 Russian boxers.

CANOEING – Five Russian canoe sprint athletes have been banned from competing in Rio by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).

London Games gold medallist Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor, Alexey Korovashkov along with Elena Aniushina and Natalia Podolskaia have been banned.

CYCLING – Three cyclists have been withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee, three riders are under investigation by the sport’s world governing UCI and 11 are eligible to compete.

EQUESTRIAN – Five Russian riders have been cleared by the sport’s governing body (FEI) to compete at the Games.

FENCING – The International Fencing Federation cleared the 16-member fencing team.

GOLF – Awaiting decision on one Russian golfer.

GYMNASTICS – The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said on Thursday that it had sent the names of Russian gymnasts eligible for participation at the Games to the IOC for verification.

However, R-Sport news agency cited FIG’s vice-president Vitaly Titov as saying that the Russian gymnasts had been cleared to compete.

HANDBALL – The International Handball Federation has announced that it is conducting out-of competition tests on the Russian women’s team participating at the Games.

JUDO – The International Judo Federation, which lists Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honorary president, has given the green light for the 11 Russian judo competitors to take part.

MODERN PENTATHLON – Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov have been barred from the Olympics because of prior anti-doping offences, but three other Russians, including former world champion Aleksandr Lesun, will compete.

ROWING – Ivan Balandin from the Russian men’s eight has been banned from competing at Rio by the World Rowing Federation.

Anastasiia Karabelshchikova and Ivan Podshivalov, who had been sanctioned for anti-doping violations in 2007-08, were also not eligible for the Games.

Russia’s men’s quadruple sculls crew were banned from Rio after one of their members, Sergej Fedorovtsev, failed a doping test in May.

On Tuesday, the federation said that 17 entered rowers and two of the coxes did not meet conditions to take part but six Russian rowers were cleared for Rio.

SAILING – World Sailing has provisionally confirmed the participation of six athletes from Russia for the Games. Pavel Sozykin was the lone athlete banned from competing.

SHOOTING – The International Shooting Federation (ISSF) has cleared all 18 Russian shooters to compete at the Games.

TABLE TENNIS – The Russian table tennis team comprising of Polina Mikhailova, Maria Dolgikh and Alexander Shibaev has been cleared by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to compete at the Olympics.

TAEKWONDO – Three Russians have qualified for Rio but await a decision from the World Taekwondo Federation.

TENNIS – All seven Russian tennis players have been cleared to compete by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

TRIATHLON – The International Triathlon Union has cleared all six Russian athletes for the Rio Games.

VOLLEYBALL – International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) said it had submitted a list of Russian volleyball and beach volleyball participants to the IOC and CAS for approval.

R-Sport reported that the Russian volleyball team had been cleared to compete at Rio.

WEIGHTLIFTING – The International Weightlifting Federation said it would evaluate the evidence against Russian athletes once received.

WRESTLING – A special commission set up by United World Wrestling, the governing body for Olympic forms of wrestling, has cleared 16 of the 17 Russian wrestlers to compete at Rio. The names have been submitted to the IOC and CAS for acceptance.

Viktor Lebedev was the lone wrestler not to be cleared due to a positive doping test in the 2006 junior world championships.

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HOCKEY – Not qualified.

FOOTBALL – Not qualified.

RUGBY SEVENS – Not qualified.

BASKETBALL – Not qualified. (Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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