How the Russian Doping Scandal Is Affecting the 2016 Rio Olympics

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How the Russian Doping Scandal Is Affecting the 2016 Rio Olympics
While the crowd at the Rio Olympics Aquatics Stadium is usually filled with cheers and applause, boos rang out when Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova entered the arena on Sunday for her preliminary heat of the 100-meter breaststroke. Efimova, a 24-year-old first-time Olympian, was among the 118 Russian athletes barred from the 2016 Games due to a state-sponsored doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but she was quietly reinstated and allowed to compete. The swimmer previously served a 16-month suspension for doping and earlier this year failed a test for meldonium, a banned substance that resulted in the two-year suspension of tennis star Maria Sharapova earlier this year,
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