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Published: 16:12 | 19/7/16

IOC delay Russian decision


The International Olympic Committee is to "explore the legal options" before deciding whether to implement a 'collective ban' on all Russian competitors at next month's Rio Olympics.

The IOC had been expected to deliver its verdict on Tuesday but the body will delay its decision until it has explored all of its legal options.

Meanwhile, the organisation has confirmed that will retest all of the Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as well as of all Russian athletes, coaches, and support staff from 2014 Sochi Games.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) received yesterday the World Anti-Doping Agency’s “Independent Person Report”," a statement from the IOC read.

"The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

"With regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC will carefully evaluate the IP Report. It 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 IOC will initiate reanalysis, including forensic analysis, and a full inquiry into all Russian athletes who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and their coaches, officials and support staff. For this purpose, a specific Disciplinary Commission is set up under the chairmanship of Mr Denis Oswald. Following the report of this Commission, the IOC EB will impose all the appropriate sanctions."


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