The head of the IOC: the entire Russian team facing exclusion from 2016 Olympics

Глава МОК: всей сборной России грозит отстранение от Олимпиады-2016

Thomas Bach

Hard times are waiting for Russian athletes: the head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach said that the whole Russian team may be suspended from participation in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, if the investigation of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) proves that our athletes took the doping during Olympic games in Sochi.

The investigation was initiated by WADA after a former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov said that at the Games in Sochi there were mass violations — the substitution of doping tests. Note that last year the Board of WADA has already conducted an investigation against Russian anti-doping Agency, which resulted in Rodchenkov was fired for tampering with samples of athletes for a fee. Current statements men in the Ministry of sports of the Russian Federation considered the “attempt to justify” and emphasize that at the Olympics-2014 worked with a team of specialists from around the world, which followed the procedure of the competition.

Now the sports Ministry and the Olympic Committee are going to assist in the investigation of WADA, however, our officials insist that responsibility for results should be personalized and not spread to the entire team. Recall that while the Olympics and other competitions suspended only Russian athletes.

Глава МОК: всей сборной России грозит отстранение от Олимпиады-2016
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