Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko has been banned from Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Alexander Dyachenko has been banned from competing at Rio 2016 along with four other Russian athletes after they were all named in Richard McLaren’s damning report, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) has announced.

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Alexey Korovashkov, double world champion Andrey Kraitor, Elena Aniushina and Natalia Podolskaia have also been excluded.

The five Russians were implicated in the McLaren Report as their samples featured in what was described as the “disappearing positive methodology” - where positive tests were switched for clean ones.

The International Olympic Committee, who opted against imposing a blanket ban on Russia, ruled that anyone named in the Report would not be eligible to participate at Rio 2016.

Reigning Olympic K2 200 metres champions Dyachenko and Iurii Postrigai will not be able to defend their title at next month’s Games as a result of the former canoeist’s implication in the findings of the report.

Their spot on the start line has been reallocated to Sweden, the next best qualifier from last year's Canoe Sprint World Championships.

Russia has lost their place in the C2 1000m event due to Korovashkov being named.

The quota in the race for the scandal-hit nation was secured by Viktor Melantyev and Ilya Pervukhin but Korovashkov was then selected to replace Melantyev and the ICF have subsequently removed the boat from the competition.

They will not be replaced by another nation, the ICF has confirmed.

Iran has been awarded Kraitor's place in the C1 200m competition, while Podolskaia's spot in the women's K1 200m has been given to Germany.

Aniushina was due to compete in the women's K2 500m event alongside Kira Stepanova but the ICF has removed them from the race, handing their berth to Austria.

Olympic bronze medallist and five-time world champion Alexey Korovashkov has also been excluded from Russia's team for Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Olympic bronze medallist and five-time world champion Alexey Korovashkov has also been excluded from Russia's team for Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

The ICF has confirmed a total of nine Russian canoeists remain eligible to participate at Rio 2016 pending ratification from an arbitrator from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"This is a bitter blow for the Olympic Movement and we are saddened that our sport in implicated," ICF secretary general Simon Toulson said. 

"We have taken swift action and removed all offending athletes where doping evidence exists.

“The ICF will continue its strong zero-tolerance stance and remove all athletes that contravene its rules in anyway.

“We are clear that if you step out of line you won't make the start line.”

The announcement from the ICF follows the International Rowing Federation banning three rowers from the Games, while the International Swimming Federation excluded seven swimmers, including world 100m breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova, considered a strong prospect for an Olympic medal.

Efimova was denied the chance to compete in Rio due to having previously served a drugs ban, a ruling installed by the IOC among a strict set of eligibility criteria.

She has already announced she will appeal to the CAS, with her hearing set for Friday (July 29).

The news comes after the ICF banned Belarus and Romania from canoe sprint events for one-year due to systemic doping, meaning both nations will miss Rio 2016.

Belarus' appeal against the decision from canoeing's worldwide governing body was dismissed by the CAS.