Russian quadruple sculls out of Games

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A Russian quadruple sculls team won't take part in the Tokyo Olympic rowing regatta after two crew members returned positive doping tests.

The men's team won't contest the Games after fitting replacements could not be found for Nikita Morgachev and Pavel Sorin, who tested positive.

The Russian rowing federation said it "deeply analysed training results of two potential substitutes" but "concluded that their level of skills does not meet the Olympic Standards".

Governing body World Rowing said that the International Olympic Committee had confirmed the Russian team's spot would be awarded to Lithuania "on an exceptional basis" as per the Olympic Qualification System.

"World Rowing has contacted the Lithuanian Rowing Federation to offer this available slot ...and awaits its decision," a statement read.

Russians will compete at the Olympics as neutrals without their flag or anthem as a result of previous sanctions for doping.

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