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Russian Olympic chief invited for July 24 IOC Executive Board session

July 22, 18:48 UTC+3
According to the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) chief, the issue of setting up an independent public anti-doping commission has been included on the agenda of the Russian Olympic Committee
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Alexander Zhukov

Alexander Zhukov

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MOSCOW, July 22. /TASS/. Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) chief Alexander Zhukov has been invited to take part in a session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on July 24 that will discuss Russia’s team participation in the Rio Olympics, ROC President Emeritus Vitaly Smirnov said on Friday.

"We hope that the IOC will make a decision that would suit all of us. Zhukov has been invited to the IOC Executive Committee’s session that will be held the day after tomorrow," Smirnov said.

 According to the official, the issue of setting up an independent public anti-doping commission has been included on the agenda of the Russian Olympic Committee.

"The ROC Executive Board will gather for a session soon," he said. "I am sure that this proposal will be supported by all members [of the Executive Board]."

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren released a report on Monday 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 claimed that the commission found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up the doping program in Russian sports.

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

The IOC will convene on July 24 to decide on Russian athletes’ participation in the Olympic Games.

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