The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided against a complete ban of Russian athletes from the upcoming Rio Olympics. The IOC announced that it would be the responsibility of each sporting federation to check the doping records of Russian athletes participating under their jurisdiction.
After the country lost the appeal in Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the ban on its track-and-field athletes from the Olympics, there have been rumours about a possible blanket ban on all Russian athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had also called for a total ban on Russian athletes from the 2016 Olympics after an independent report confirmed allegations of a state-sponsored conspiracy to manipulate a testing lab at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
However, the International Olympic Committee rejected the idea of a blanket ban on the athletes from Russia and put forward a set of strict criteria for athletes to fulfil in order to compete in the Olympics. The IOC confirmed their decision through a media release on Sunday.
“On the basis of the Findings of the IP Report, all Russian athletes seeking entry to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 are considered to be affected by a system subverting and manipulating the anti-doping system. The IP Report indicates
“Under these exceptional circumstances, Russian athletes in any of the 28 Olympic summer sports have to assume the consequences of what amounts to a collective responsibility in order to protect the credibility of the Olympic competitions, and the “presumption of innocence” cannot be applied to them. On the other hand, according to the rules of natural justice, individual justice, to which every human being is entitled, has to be applied. This means that each affected athlete must be given the opportunity to rebut the applicability of collective responsibility in his or her individual case,” the media release said.
After deliberating, the IOC EB decided: