LAUSANNE /Switzerland/, December 6. /TASS/. An investigation by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) commission led by Samuel Schmid has found no evidence supporting accusations of state support for doping in Russia, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the IOC Executive Board ruled to allow Russia’s clean athletes to take part in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang in the status of neutral athletes, while the country’s national squad was officially barred from participating in the upcoming Games.
"No confirmation was found for accusations of state support for doping. The Schmid’s commission has found no confirmation for this," Alexander Zhukov told reporters.
"The Schmid report provides an explicit portrait of [former head of Moscow anti-doping laboratory] Grigory Rodchenkov," he continued. "It says that he headed a group of people engaged in schemes, who were doing this for personal gain. This is what we have said on numerous occasions."
"What Mr. Rodchenkov and his friends were doing was a blatant violation of the anti-doping rules. There is no doubt about this. However, they tried to make us admit that [provisions of] the McLaren’s report about the state-sponsored system were true. We have always denied this, and our stance was supported by the Schmid’s report," Zhukov said.
According to the Russian Olympic Committee’s president, the final decision was most likely made during Tuesday’s meeting.
"Judging by the fact that the discussion continued for more than two hours after we delivered our speeches, the final decision was made during this meeting. I think other variants were also possible, including a total ban. In fact, this decision has no precedents in the Olympic history," the Russian official said.
Last year, the WADA Independent Commission headed by Richard McLaren, released a report summing up the results of an investigation into the alleged violations of anti-doping rules during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. McLaren cited Rodchenkov, claiming that over 1,000 Russian athletes could have been involved in a manipulation scheme to conceal positive doping tests.
In July 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) set up two commissions to look into the information provided by McLaren. Samuel Schmid’s commission looked into the alleged involvement of Russia’s Sports Ministry in a possible cover-up of doping violations. The other commission, headed by Denis Oswald, is retesting doping samples taken at the 2014 Olympics.