RIO DE JANEIRO, August 14. /TASS/. Russian athletes have already taken 360 doping tests at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov said on Sunday.
"Our team has already taken 360 doping tests at Rio," he told journalists.
The ROC president also commented Saturday’s ruling of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on suspension of Russian long jumper Darya Klishina from the Rio Games.
"I wish it were all about sports again," he said. "Other federations were prompt in taking a decision on admission of Russian athletes to the Olympic Games. As concerns Klishina, the decision was maximum delayed as though they have learnt anything news. I know she has gone through lots of doping tests in the recent days."
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 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.
According to the details, 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 had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.
The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.
Following the commission’s report, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.
After a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.
IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.
He made the statement after a teleconference of the IOC Executive Board, which, however, ruled than no Russian athlete, who had been previously sanctioned for doping would be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if they have served the sanction as well as any athlete mentioned in the McLaren report.
The recently formed IOC Independent Panel is having a final say on the participation of particular Russian athletes in the Olympics, which kick off with the spectacular opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro last Friday.
The Panel lists three members and they are: Ugur Erdener, the head of the IOC Medical Commission; Claudia Bokel, an IOC Executive Board Member and the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission; and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., an IOC Executive Board Member.