The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local):
The head of Brazil’s anti-doping body has been sacked after the Rio de Janeiro laboratory was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The Brazilian agency confirmed that Marco Aurelio Klein will be replaced by Rogerio Sampaio, a former judoka who won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
WADA suspended the lab last Friday for failing to meet its standards. It didn’t elaborate.
Sampaio is expected to meet WADA officials next week, with the aim of lifting the suspension within weeks.
If the Rio lab is not reinstated in time for the Olympics in August, the IOC’s options for drug testing include Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; Bogota, Colombia; Havana; and Mexico City.
The Russia men’s quadruple sculls team was disqualified from the Rio Olympics for a doping violation and replaced by New Zealand.
The World Rowing Federation says the banned substance trimetazidine was found in a urine sample given by rower Sergei Fedorovtsev in an out-of-competition test on May 17. He competed a week later at the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Switzerland, where Russia finished first to qualify for Rio.
New Zealand finished third behind Russia and Canada in the qualifying event. Canada also qualified by finishing second, joining the top eight crews who secured their Olympic places at the 2015 world championships in France.
The New Zealand crew was confirmed to go to Rio by the national Olympic committee.
Serbia and France are good enough to win men’s basketball medals at the Olympics. First, they have to get there.
The final three places in the 12-team field are on the line in the three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments next week. Serbia and France, who won silver and bronze two years ago in the Basketball World Cup, will be among the favorites to earn berths after falling short last summer.
The new format to fill out the Olympics has 18 countries still in the running for spots in Rio. Six teams will be in each tournament, and the three winners will be Brazil bound.
Some teams still trying to get there are better than a few who have already qualified. Four of the world’s top 10 will be competing, including France (5th), Serbia (6th), Turkey (8th) and Greece (10th).
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was cleared by track and field’s world governing body to compete as a neutral athlete in the European championships and the Rio Olympics.
While her participation in next week’s European meet is assured, it remains uncertain whether the IOC will accept the decision for the Olympics.
The IAAF said its doping review board accepted Stepanova’s application to compete as an independent athlete under “exceptional eligibility” rules.
The 800-meter runner provided evidence to the World Anti-Doping Agency of widespread cheating in Russia that led the IAAF to bar the country’s track and field athletes from international competition, including the Rio Games.
The Olympics will become a tangible reality on Friday, when one of its so-called “Mega” souvenir shops opens on Copacabana Beach.
Bring plenty of cash, at least for anything more than a keychain that sells for 25 Brazilian reals ($8). A commemorative gold medal will sell for around $2,000.
Olympic merchandising is big business.
Rio’s head of licensing and retail sales, Sylmara Multini, says organizers hope to sell merchandise worth about 1 billion Brazilian reals ($310 million).
The 19,300 square-foot layout on Copacabana is one of three huge stores. The largest will be a store in the Olympic Park.
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