EMERYVILLE, Calif., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Gracenote®, the world's leading provider of entertainment data and subsidiary of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), refreshes its medal count predictions for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro based on new developments which will affect the competition. Gracenote's Virtual Medal Table offers a look at the potential winners and losers of the 2016 Rio Olympics based on analysis of the most up-to-date team and athlete data, as well as recent rulings and news affecting the Games.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (I.A.A.F.) ruled on June 17th to ban the Russian Athletics (Track and Field) team from the upcoming Rio Olympics due to the illegal use of performance enhancing drugs. However, a more recent ruling enables individual Russian athletes who can prove they are "clean" to apply for permission to compete in Rio as neutral, independent athletes. According to Gracenote's predictions, these rulings taken together will cause Russia to win six fewer medals overall.
If the Games were held today and Russia's athletes do not take part, Gracenote's Virtual Medal Table predicts the following:
Other countries are predicted to see improvements from previous Olympic Games. According to Gracenote's current Virtual Medal Table:
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