IOC opts out of blanket Russian ban

The International Olympic Committee has decided not to ban Russia from the Rio Olympic Games in the wake of a damning doping report, instead leaving decisions up to individual sports.

The indecisiveness and delays are ridiculous for athletes in particular.

NZ Herald: IOC blasted for hypocrisy for non-ban on Russia

The IOC overnight opted against a blanket ban of the entire Russian team despite last week’s damning World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report revealing systematic, state-backed drug cheating from 2011-15.

After a three-hour teleconference in Lausanne, the executive board passed the baton to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part in next month’s Games.

With less than two weeks to go until the Games start and with athletes already arriving at Rio this time frame is ridiculous, not the least for athletes who still don’t know if they can compete or not.

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  1. Gezza

     /  25th July 2016

    The Rio Games are shaping up to be an *Absolute Winner* of an Olympics … :/

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    • Gezza

       /  25th July 2016

      A selection of Vuvuzelas for the Rio Olympics will shortly be available online from this gentleman – who, coincidentally, also recently attended the Republican Convention where he used 3 of them, one after the other, (The Mallard Hen, The Wood Duck, & the Mallard Drake), in quick succession, to applaud Ted Cruz’s speech.

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  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  25th July 2016

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  3. duperez

     /  25th July 2016

    Of course the individual sports federations are not starting from scratch today. They have had plenty of time to check whether competitors are compliant. Anything less would suggest corruption. No chance of that, surely!

    As an aside, it’s interesting to note that Russian boats have been added to the canoe sprint teams with Belarus and Romania being banned for “systemic doping.”

    http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1039664/icf-bans-romania-and-belarus-sprint-teams-for-a-year-due-to-systemic-doping

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  4. Despite the attitude of “The Herald”, I do think the IOC has got their decision right. To have excluded the whole team because of the behaviour of some officials and some athletes smacks to me of the “destroy the village” approach to prevent partisan activity during WW2, There is a higher morality to justice.

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    • Gezza

       /  25th July 2016

      If you think that’s the most appropriate analogy, I frankly struggle to understand why.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th July 2016

        Ditto. The athletes weren’t being murdered, just banned.It’s nothing LIKE the mass murder of villagers to get rid of the partisans.

        A better analogy might be digging up everything in the flowerbed when there are weeds in it. Or throwing out a block of cheese which has some mould on the end.

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  5. Zedd

     /  25th July 2016

    good news !
    I dont accept for a minute, that all Russian athletes are guilty of doping. 😦

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  25th July 2016

      No, but it would seem that many/most are. The message may well have been sent to dopers; don’t do it here. The Russians will, one hopes, have had a good fright.

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      • Zedd

         /  25th July 2016

        I also dont believe that ‘Team USA’ are either.. BUT is anyone really checking, beyond a glance ?! :/

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