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Russia’s synchronized swimming Olympic team members attend a farewell ceremony before the national team’s departure for the 2016 Rio Games http://www.sanjosesharksteamstore.com/adidas-mikkel-boedker-jersey , at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow yesterday. — Reuters
A DEPLETED Russian team departed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, missing dozens of athletes who were excluded amid the country’s doping scandal.


Team members left on a charter flight from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport to Brazil, a day after an emotional farewell ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.


More than 100 athletes from what was originally a 387-strong team have been barred from competing in Rio by international sports federations under sanctions which most Russian athletes consider unfair. “We’re after medals, that’s it,” handball player Anna Sen said. “We need to fight for those athletes who were disqualified.”


Volleyball player Sergei Tetyukhin, a four-time Olympic medalist, will be Russia’s flagbearer for the opening ceremony in Rio, according to an Instagram post by pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.


Isinbayeva has become a de facto spokeswoman for athletes excluded from the Olympics and gave a tearful address to the team in the Kremlin on Wednesday.


“Today, as never before, we need to stay united and become a family,” the 40-year-old Tetyukhin said, ignoring what he called “provocations addressed at our team and our mighty country”.


No track and field athletes were among the contingent heading for Rio, since the entire track team is banned from competing, except for a single United States-based long jumper, following revelations of widespread doping.


The track team did, however, attend the ceremonial farewell with Putin on Wednesday, when he branded restrictions on Russia as “pure discrimination”.


While Russia avoided a blanket ban from Rio at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee board on Sunday, the IOC imposed new restrictions on Russia. International sports federations must now remove any athlete previously banned for doping or who was implicated in last week’s McLaren report alleging a mass cover-up of failed drug tests.


Some federations have taken a tough line, with exclusions of much of Russia’s team from events such as rowing, canoeing and swimming. Other sports, such as judo and tennis, have allowed the entire Russian team to compete in their sport. These rulings must still be ratified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Russia’s weightlifting team has been dogged by doping and faced further embarrassment on Wednesday when retests of samples from the 2012 Olympics saw four Russians, including three medalists, test positive. The entire lifting team risks being banned from the Rio Games because of the large number of failures in retests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.


Putin last week called for the creation of a new anti-doping commission to draw up future strategy. In a clear sign of coordination, it was set up within hours under Vitaly Smirnov, a former Soviet sports minister and IOC member.


Smirnov said yesterday that the new commission would be independent of the government, despite containing several senior figures with links to the Kremlin. Smirnov also insisted the government was not involved in doping, despite allegations in World Anti-Doping Agency reports that sports ministry officials oversaw a mass doping program and a cover-up.


TUNIS, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian financial policy has met crisis in the first quarter of 2017 with a depreciation of the Tunisian dinar, which stirs fears of threatening the country's economy.


According to the latest prices decided by the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT), Tunisia's dinar traded at 2.41 against the U.S. dollar and 2.62 against euro.


The BCT decided last Tuesday to increase its key interest rate by 50 points to 4.75 percent and raise the minimum rate of savings by 50 points to 4 percent.


"Recent developments in the foreign exchange market saw, since last week, an increase in pressures in relation to a rising demand from operators on foreign currencies generating a significant depreciation of the dinar," a source from the BCT said.


Chakib Hammi, deputy director at a branch of Habitat Bank in Tunis, believes that this depreciation could result in a shortfall in credits and the threat of depletion of funds.


Moreover, the banker warned the repercussions of this serious depreciation on the Tunisian national economy in the light of potential threats that it could trigger.


"In principle, all sectors will be affected starting with the local financial market to agriculture, passing through the banking system, stock exchange, industry and even vital sectors such as textiles," he concluded.


The BCT Governor Chedly Ayari recently announced some measures trying to redress the situation and support the dinar, including issuing 100 million dollars into the local market.


Dominant unions of workers and employers in Tunisia also expressed fear of currency depreciation.


For the Tunisian Union of Labor (UGTT), the shock wave can be minimized by limiting the acquisition of imported products, preserving national enterprises and employability, as well as contribution of the Tunisians living abroad.


The Tunisian Finance Minister Lamia Zribi also claimed in a statement a "descent into hell" of the value of its national currency against the major foreign currencies.


The minister has attributed the collapse of the dinar partly to the aggravation of the trade deficit by more than 50 percent year on year.


On the side of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicraft (UTICA), the decline of the dinar constitutes a "real danger" for the Tunisian economy.


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