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Russian racing cyclists who were barred by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) from the 2016 Rio Olympics over doping allegations, have told World Anti-Doping Agency their ban was based entirely on a "criminal's testimony". They have asked the WADA to remove from its report former Russian doping lab chief Grigory Rodchenkov's testimony on an alleged state-run doping cover-up.

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A mascot for the 2018 football World Cup will be chosen on October 26, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced on Tuesday.

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The Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk (western Siberia) will host the 2020 World Chess Olympiad, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), confirmed on Tuesday.

"Congratulations to Khanty-Mansiysk. It beat such countries as Argentina and Slovakia in the fight for the right to host the Chess Olympiad," Ilyumzhinov said, reports Tass.

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Russian Paralympians broke 25 world records at an alternative games organised after the country's national team had been banned from participating in the 2016 Rio Games, the Russian Sports Ministry said Monday.

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Russia has opened an alternative event for national Paralympians banned from the Paralympic Games in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

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Belarusian athletes carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games, along with their national flag, to express solidarity with the Russian team that was banned from the Games by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

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At least three anti-doping experts of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) have resigned to protest a decision to allow Russian swimmers to compete at 2016 Rio Olympics, Irish media has reported.

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