IOC decides not to ban Russian River 2016; federations decide on athletes

The decision was guided by the "fundamental rule to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the sport".
24/07/2016 12h39 - Updated 25/07/2016 08h02
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The International Olympic Committee (WATCH) decided today (24) not ban Russia's participation in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and it will be up to the international federations of each sport the decision to suspend or not the Russian athletes. The country's sport faces a widespread doping scandal.

The decision, according to IOC, It was guided by the "fundamental rule to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the sport", according to a statement by the entity. The decision was made almost unanimously, with one abstention.

The chairman of the committee, Thomas Bach, He said he hoped the federations of modalities already have an opinion on the participation of Russian athletes at the Olympics, which starts in 12 days.

"This [IOC decision] It is also a message that instills hope the athletes 'clean', that they have the opportunity to prove that they are innocent and can participate in the Olympic Games”, said the president of the organization.

The decision does not undo the ban on Russian athletics team, doping cases had confirmed. The only athlete mode allowed to compete in Rio 2016, as a neutral participant, será Darya Klishina, training abroad and helped reveal the doping scheme.

After the decisions of the international federations, Russian athletes admitted to the Rio 2016 must undergo additional testing. Second Thomas Bach, employees of the Ministry of Russian Sports will not receive credentials for the Olympic Games.

On Monday (18), the head of the independent committee of the International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Richard McLaren, announced the results of its investigation regarding the violation of anti-doping rules during the Olympic Winter Games 2014 em Sochi. The WADA report recommended the IOC to disqualify Russia Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Source: Agency Brazil

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