IOC stops short of banning Russia from Rio Olympics

 

Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country’s doping scandal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.

The decision follows a report in which Canadian law professor Richard McLaren said Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme from 2011 to 2015.

The Rio Games start on 5 August.

Competitors from Russia who want to take part in the Games will have to meet strict criteria laid down by the IOC.

Any Russian athlete who has served a doping ban will not be eligible for next month’s Olympics.

World Anti Doping Agency (Wada) president Sir Craig Reedie said previously his organisation, which commissioned the McLaren report, wanted the IOC to “decline entries for Rio 2016 of all athletes” submitted by the Russian Olympic and Paralympic committees.

The IOC also confirmed it will not allow whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to compete as a neutral athlete in Rio.

BBC SPORTS

Source: BBC SPORTS

2 Responses to IOC stops short of banning Russia from Rio Olympics

  1. Sue Donym July 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    “Competitors from Russia who want to take part in the Games will have to meet strict criteria laid down by the IOC.” Was this not the case for all potential competitors whatever their country? And now that it’s discovered that there was a national doping policy, why not punish the country? Bottom line: If you’ve done it and didn’t get caught or serve a ban, you’re good to go.

    WRONG message, IOC! All countries know the rules. This is so different from if only evidence of few maverick dopers had surfaced.

    Smaller, less powerful countries could never hope to be so lucky. Imagine if this were Jamaica.

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  2. seagul July 25, 2016 at 4:01 am

    From Russia with love…

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