Following the discovery by the McLaren led independent committee which found Russia guilty of state sponsored doping offences; the International Olympic Committee has delayed making a hasty decision on the fate of the Russian Olympians contingent on an exploration on whether a ban can be implemented.
It also says that they would await a ruling by the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) which is sitting to determine if all 68 Russian track and field stars would be allowed at the Rio games, before coming to their decision.
This follows the findings of the McLaren led report under the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) which reported that Russian’s sports ministry “planned and operated” corruption of urine samples provided by its athletes from late 2011 to August 2015.
The McLaren report confirmed earlier insinuations made by Dr Grigory Rodchekov, who told the New York Times in May that he covered up the use of PEDs by the Russian athletes at the Sochi games under orders from the Russian government aided by the Russian secret service.
Rodchekov claimed that they worked out how to open and reseal supposedly tamper proof bottles which were used in the storage of urine samples after which they replaced the contents with “clean” urine.
McLaren said that random amount of stored samples were selected from those of supposedly clean Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi games and sent to an anti-doping laboratory in London to check for scratch marks around the neck of the bottles which indicate manipulation and he said that “100% of the bottles had been scratched” and that these scratches would have been invisible to an untrained eye.
Following the report by the McLaren led committee, the IOC president Thomas Bach commented on the report, describing it as “a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic games,” while promising to implement “…the toughest possible sanctions against any individual or organization implicated.”
WADA suggested that the IOC bans all Russian government officials from the summer Olympics and all athletes from the Rio Olympic Games. WADA president Sir Craig Reedie says the “scope and scale” of the findings a “real horror story”.
Vladimir Putin insists all officials incriminated in the McLaren report would be suspended pending investigation, but has also criticized the report as “accusations” based on evidence with a person known for a scandalous reputation.
The IOC, however, pending the ruling by the CAS, plans to retest all Russians who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
British Olympic heptathlon coach, Toni Minichiello doesn’t believe the entire nation should be banned, and said the real victims here are the athletes who missed out on medals. He also recommended that a huge investment be made in anti-doping at major championships to make sure there isn’t a repeat of such a scandal.