Lebanese-Israelis fight for Bus
Rio De Janeiro: The Israeli and Lebanese Olympics teams became involved in a heated argument about access to a bus to the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games. Both sides acknowledged Saturday that Israeli athletes were blocked from boarding a bus packed with the Lebanon team on Friday but they are at odds over the reasons for the actions of the head of the Lebanese delegation. Israel portrayed it as a hostile act, maintaining that organizers had told them to use the bus to reach the Maracana Stadium. “The organizing committee saw the blunt behavior of the head of the Lebanese delegation and immediately arranged a different bus for us,” Gili Lusting, head of the Israeli delegation, said in a statement to The Associated Press..gation contradicts the Olympic Charter.” Sailing coach Udi Gal said alim Haj Nicola “physically blocked the entrance and wouldn’t let us on” after the driver opened the door.
Banned Russian quietly added back
Rio De Janeiro: Yulia Efimova will be competing at the Olympics after all. In a bizarre turn to the Russian doping scandal, world swimming governing body FINA finally revealed on Saturday that Efimova will indeed be taking part in the 100-meter breaststroke. The reigning world champion was listed on the start sheet in the fifth of six heats for the preliminaries Sunday. She is also expected to swim in the 200 breaststroke and, presumably, the 4×100 medley relay. The 24-year-old Efimova has been a flashpoint in the scandal because she not only served a 16-month suspension for doping, she tested positive again this year for the now-banned substance meldonium. That result was placed on hold while WADA does further studies on the drug, which was added to the banned list at the start of the year. Meanwhile, Beslan Mudranov won scandal-depleted Russia’s first gold medal in the judo.
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Australia 2 0 1 3
Hungary 2 0 0 2
US 1 4 0 5
China 1 2 3 6
S Korea 1 1 0 2
Russia 1 1 0 2
Japan 1 0 4 5
India at games today
ARCHERY: (7:27 PM)
Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations (Laxmirani Majhi)
MEN’SHOCKEY: (7:30 PM)
India VS Germany
WOMEN’S HOCKEY: (2:30 AM)
India VS Great Britain
SHOOTING: (5:30 PM)
10m Air Rifle: (Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang).
SWIMMING: (9:32 PM)
Women’s 200m Freestyle (Shivani Kataria).
Men’s 200m Butterfly (Sajan Prakash).