Women's Eight in Olympic rowing after Russian ban

THE fall of the Russian rowing side has given the Australian Women's Eight a shot at Olympic glory, after they just missed out on qualification in May.

The International Rowing Federation made the decision to award a qualification place to Australia on Tuesday night.

The entire Russian crew have been ruled ineligible. They are among 85 athletes from the 387-strong team to be banned from the Games following the country's doping scandal.

Rowing Australia boss Rob Scott said the Federation had made the right call in upholding the integrity of the sport.

"We are thrilled that our Women's Eight will be able to be nominated to the Olympic Team for Rio," he said.

"To have more women being given the opportunity to compete at the pinnacle level of their sport will provide the inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps."

The athletes were told of their inclusion immediately and the Australian Olympic Committee will now work out the logistics to get them to Brazil.

The Australian Olympic Committee will select the nominated athletes as soon as possible. This will mean there are more women than men on an Australian Olympic Team for the first time.

Once confirmed this will take the Team to 419 athletes (212 women and 207 men).


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