Erdener to lead 3-member IOC panel on final decision on Russian athletes

WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee , the International Paralympic Committee and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee , the International Paralympic Committee and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

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The commission also includes Claudia Bokel and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr

A three-member International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board panel that is to make a final decision of the eligibility of Russian athletes for the upcoming summer Olympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will be led by Ugur Erdener of Turkey, the head of the IOC Medical Commission, IOC President Thomas Bach said on July 31.

Along with Erdener, the independent commission includes Claudia Bokel of Germany, IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and Spain’s Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, IOC Executive Board Member.

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 report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

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

IOC President Thomas Bach announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

Source: Tass.com

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