Premature calls from the United States and Canadian anti-doping authorities to ban Russia from the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil are a behind-the-scenes play, as follows from a statement of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) released on July 17.
FINA said it is "concerned that there has been a drive behind the scenes, led by the WADA Athletes Commission Chair, to get a global coalition of support from selected organisations in the Olympic Movement to support the call for the total ban on Russia."
Apart from that, FINA said it is concerned "by the premature calls from US and Canadian Anti-doping authorities to ban Russia from Rio 2016 Olympic Games several days ahead of the publication of the independent McLaren report" on the results of the investigation into doping abuses at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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