International Olympic Committee vows tough sanctions against Russian Federation after doping report

An investigation by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren for WADA alleged that the Russian Ministry of Sport carried out state-run doping.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has commented on a recent report by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which accused Russia of conducting widespread doping among its athletes at the Olympic Games in recent years.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday recommended that the IOC and International Paralympic Committee should consider banning all athletes entered by the Russian Olympic Committee for next month's Rio Olympics.

WADA and other anti-doping officials urged the International Olympic Committee to consider the unprecedented step of excluding the entire Russian contingent from the Rio Games.

The Kremlin spokesman said Russia expects WADA to present the evidence of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB)'s involvement in the doping scandal, as these facts could be used in the investigation into this case that is underway in the country.

"Today, the IOC will decide the fate of Russia's participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro", Zhdanov wrote in his Facebook on Tuesday.

"Russia is getting ready for the Olympics, the Russian team is getting ready for the Olympics", Peskov said.

At an emergency IOC Executive Board meeting in Switzerland, the day after an independent report detailed a systematic and state-run doping programme in Russian Federation, members fell short of an immediate ban but they did issue a series of measures relating to the report. "Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated", IOC President Thomas Bach said.

The IOC did not spell out whether it would heed growing calls for Olympic bans already imposed on Russia's track and field athletes and weightlifters to be extended to all its competitors in Rio.

The association said it endorses all federation decisions, "including those that take into account collective responsibility of organizations under the IFs' governance".

The Russian president acted quickly to suspend all other leading officials mentioned in McLaren's report, including Mutko's deputy Yuri Nagornykh, but the minister himself has survived.

But any hopes the Russian authorities have of winning that appeal have surely disappeared in much the same way positive samples vanished at the anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi. "Russian doping control system called into question".

But the most shocking of Rodchenkov's claims related to Russian Federation taking advantage of its host status at the Winter Olympics by devising a plan to allow its athletes to dope under the noses of global observers. It puts the International Olympic Committee in the position of ruling against one of its biggest supporters, a nation that spent more than $50 billion hosting the Winter Games in Sochi just two years ago.

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