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Russian athletes get a chance to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro despite the doping allegations. The sports federations to decide.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not exclude Russia from the summer games in Rio de Janeiro. This decision stated IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne. It was rather well to the individual international summer Sports Federation to decide whether Russian athletes in the respective sports should or not compete.
Background of the reflections is a doping scandal, in which not only individual athletes, but also Russian authorities should be involved.
The Russian track and field athletes are not affected by the decision, they remain excluded from the games in Rio. The International Court of arbitration for sport CAS had confirmed the suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation by the IAAF World Federation as well-formed.
Russia’s Minister of sport Witali Mutko away from that most may start Russian athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio: “the criteria are very hard, but I am convinced that most athletes perform.” Russia will rebuild its complete anti-doping system in close cooperation with the IOC and WADA. “We will fight for a clean sport. To criticize us, seems not quite correct to me. Doping is not only a problem of Russia.”
The decision of the IOC is in the interest of international sport and of the Olympic family, Mutko said. The International Olympic Committee Russia was grateful that the country was not completely expelled from Olympics in Rio of Janeiro and “that the IOC gives the chance to Olympic participation in any clean athlete”.
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“This is a legitimate solution,” said the head of the Sports Committee in the Russian Parliament, Dmitri Swischtschjow. “But such decisions should be made not only with regard to Russian athletes and sportsmen in the world. Then the problem would be definitively eradicated doping.” Also Shamil Tarpischtschew, head of the Russian Tennis Association, called the step of the IOC satisfactory.
Alfons Hörmann, President of the German Olympic Sport Federation (DOSB), welcomed the decision: “thus the IOC decision now an undoubtedly difficult, hard and consistent in many respects. Who so systematically violates the rules, gets the red card. In the sense of equality of opportunity and of Fair Play those athletes who provide proof of inspections outside of Russia, can obtain now but still a part.”
Now, it is important that the individual trade associations with the support of the International Court of arbitration for sport CAS quickly and professionally tested, who could start from Russia.
The Whistleblowerin Julia Stepanowa may not start at the Olympic Games in Rio despite their assistance in the investigation of comprehensive doping in Russia. The application of the athlete, the rings spectacle in August as neutral athlete under the Olympic flag to compete, rejected the IOC. The IOC announced she fulfill not the ethical requirements, given its doping history despite their contributions to education.