• Russia to appeal blanket ban on weightlifters for Olympics

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will immediately appeal the decision to ban all eight of its weightlifters from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for doping.

  • Volunteers stand near a set of Olympic Rings at Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics for doping

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — All of Russia’s weightlifters were banned from the Rio Olympics on Friday for doping for what the international federation called “extremely shocking” results that brought the sport into “disrepute.”

  • Workers secure a fence at Olympic Park as they make preparations for the upcoming Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    4 Russians among 11 positives from London 2012 retests

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Eleven weightlifters, including three Russian medalists, have tested positive for banned drugs in the latest retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics, the International Weightlifting Federation said Wednesday.

  • FILE In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 file photo Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus makes an attempt in the final of the Women's Shot Put during the World Athletics Championships, in Osaka, Japan. While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia’s problems

    MOSCOW (AP) — While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.