IOC to give no patronage to any sports events in Russia

According to the WADA's report, a unique sample swapping methodology was used at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, when doping sample containers were opened, the contents replaced and the bottles were resealed again.

According to the WADA's report, a unique sample swapping methodology was used at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, when doping sample containers were opened, the contents replaced and the bottles were resealed again.

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IOC to consider legal options of banning all Russian athletes from Rio 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not going to organize or give patronage to any sports event held in Russia, IOC said in a statement on July 19.

"The IOC will not organize or give patronage to any sports event or meeting in Russia. This includes plans for the European Games 2019 organized by the European Olympic Committees (EOC)," the statement says.

"Because of the detailed references to the manipulation of samples during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 the IOC asks all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze their preparations for major events in Russia, such as World Championships, World Cups or other major international competitions under their responsibility, and to actively look for alternative organizers," IOC said.

The IOC is also planning to consider legal options to impose a collective ban on all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"It [IOC] will 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. In this respect, the IOC will have to take the CAS decision on 21 July 2016 concerning the IAAF rules into consideration, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Charter," the statement says.

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service supported the doping program in Russian sports.

The report in particular stated that Sochi used a unique sample swapping methodology, when doping sample containers were opened, the contents replaced and the bottles were resealed again.

Following the report WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

Source: Tass.com

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