Russian volleyball teams cleared for Olympics

The world volleyball governing body says Russia’s teams for volleyball and beach volleyball have been cleared to compete at the Olympics.

The International Federation of Volleyball said Thursday that the 30 Russian players had formally received the green light from the International Olympic Committee as expected. The men’s volleyball team is the defending Olympic champion.

Last week, the federation said it was reviewing updated team lists from the Russian Volleyball Federation.

Earlier this year, the meldonium doping scandal extended to Russian volleyball. Outside hitter Alexander Markin tested positive for the substance in January. Markin was temporarily suspended while FIVB considered the case. It found that Markin “committed an anti-doping rule violation but bore no fault or negligence in this case” and reinstated him.