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IOC not to organize or give patronage to any sports event in Russia

July 19, 17:43 UTC+3
The committee says it will consider legal options of banning all Russian athletes from Rio Games
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GENEVA, July 19. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is planning to consider legal options to impose a collective ban on all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, IOC said in a statement on Tuesday.

"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 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 committee will initiate reanalysis, full inquiry into all Russian athletes who participated in Sochi Olympics.

"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," the statement says.

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.

The IOC asked all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze preparations for major events in Russia.

The committee will grant no accreditation to any Russian official implicated in the WADA report for Rio Games.

"The IOC will not grant any accreditation to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the IP Report for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016," the IOC said.

The statement added that the "provisional measures apply until 31 December 2016. They will be reviewed by the IOC EB [Executive Board] at its meeting in December 2016."

"The EB [Executive Board] has today started disciplinary actions related to the involvement of officials within the Russian Ministry of Sports and other persons mentioned in the report because of violations of the Olympic Charter and the World Anti-Doping Code," the IOC said.

"To accelerate this procedure, the IOC EB has established a Disciplinary Commission," the statement said.

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