IOC Holds Emergency Meeting about Russia

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The International Olympic Committee is pondering its options as to instituting a total ban on all Russian athletes from competing in the Olympics next month. This comes in the wake of a World Anti-Doping Agency report accusing the Russian sports ministry in not only complying with its athlete’s doping but actually assisting in the process across 28 different Olympic sports.

WADA along with other anti-doping agencies have petitioned the IOC to ban the entire Russian delegation from competing in the Olympics, hosted by Rio next month. Such a move would be completely unprecedented; in the past countries have boycotted the Olympics to make a political statement, but never before has an entire country been banned from the competition.

The first step for the IOC will be to “carefully evaluate” the WADA report about the organized cheating attempts by the country and its athletes. The decision will be contingent upon not only this evaluation but also a number of legal issues. Additionally, the committee will have to weigh its options about Russian athletes, who were not a part of the scheme. Another option would be to ban individual Russian sports from competing.

In all, this continues a nightmare series of months for Russian athletes. In November, the IAAF banned Russia’s track and field athletes from competing in the Rio Games. Earlier this year, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was banned for using Meldonium. Sharapova is perhaps the most famous Russian athlete in the world, and her two-year long ban has led to speculation that her career might be over if she’s unable to get it overturned.

English: Cropped photo of Maria Sharapova, pro...
English: Cropped photo of Maria Sharapova, professional tennis player, taken from www.flickr.com, by ryarwood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The WADA report asserts that there were a number of Russian athletes that tested positive for doping, but that those positive tests were covered up and not reported. It also implicated that certain samples were manipulated, so that the samples themselves would come through as clean.

The Olympics begin on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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