Rio Olympics : International Olympic Committee delays decision on banning Russia


LAUSANNE: Russia’s Sports minister Vitaly Mutko has been blocked by the International Olympic Committee from the Rio Games and withdrew assistance for further international events in Russia over a state-run doping programme .

With the Rio Games due to start on August 5, the IOC  executive committee held emergency talks Tuesday on what Olympic president Thomas Bach called a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games” by the Russian government.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has led international calls for Russia to be banned from Rio over revelations of widespread state-run doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events in Russia.

After the talks ,IOS said it will first “explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice.”

It is also waiting on a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on Thursday on an appeal by 68 Russian athletes against an IAAF ban from the Rio competition.In Olympic history this dopping scandal is biggest that relates the to Mutko, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin .

IOC ordered a disciplinary commission to look into his ministry’s role in what Monday’s report called a “state-dictated failsafe system” of drug cheating that included Russia’s secret service swapping dirty urine samples for clean ones through a hole in a wall in Sochi. Richard McLaren the lead investigator says he has conclusive evidence,  that the four-year doping scheme was directed by the sports ministry with the FSB intelligence agency.

From now IOS will not grant any Rio accreditation “to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the (McLaren) report.”

But Mutko denying about the controversy which showing government directed the doping programme. He was hoping for a reasonable decision from the IOC on Russia’s participation in Rio. Mutko suspended five top deputies, including his number two Yury Nagornykh, described as the point man for running the cheating scheme. Olympic Federations association of Summer have urged caution for punishing atheletes who have never failed drug tests.

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On Tuesday IAAF president Sebastian Coe attended a CAS hearing in Geneva. At Winter Olympics 2014 , IOC executives ordered a reanalysis of all samples by Russian athletes vowing punishment against anyone who helped competitors cheat. It would not give backing to any international events in Russia. World Cups and championships are included in winter federations and IOS says, “to actively look for alternative organisers.”