Summer Olympic sports oppose blanket Russia ban

Yesterday, the WADA published the Independent Person Report following the investigation into use of doping during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, accusing Russia's Sports Ministry senior officials and the Russian Federal Security Service of helping hide positive doping tests of Russian athletes.

Set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in response to media reports of widespread cheating at the 2014 Winter Olympics, McLaren said more than 30 different sports, including football, had benefited from various schemes to cheat anti-doping rules directed from Mutko's ministry.

He said his organisation wanted the IOC to "decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes" submitted by the Russian Olympic and Paralympic committees. In this respect, the IOC will have to take the CAS decision on 21 July 2016 concerning the IAAF rules into consideration, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Charter.

Wolfgang Schobersberger (Representative of the International Winter Sport Federations, Member of the FIS Medical Commission).

He was asked by WADA to look into allegations that Russia's Sports Ministry had for years used a highly orchestrated approach to shield its athletes from worldwide doping monitors. However, it will also weigh up the legal right for the athletes to compete.

The International Olympic Committee held an emergency meeting Tuesday but put off a final decision on whether to ban all Russian athletes from the Summer Games that begin in Brazil on August 5.

Mutko, however, is already under pressure at home, having promised to resign if Russian Federation is prevented from taking a full team to the Rio Olympics this summer, which seems unlikely as the athletics and weightlifting teams look certain to be banned, with sanctions for more sports possible.

Earlier Tuesday, summer Olympic sports federations made clear they do not support a blanket ban on Russia for Rio, and prefer doping was handled on an individual basis.

The head of track and field in Europe says profound changes are required in Russian Federation before sports events can "confidently welcome" competitors from the doping-tarnished nation.

The IAAF decided last month to extend a ban which had been in place since November that kept Russian athletes out of worldwide competition.

Later on Tuesday Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Tuesday that Nagornykh had been suspended, the TASS news agency reported.

This means that the eligibility of each Russian athlete will have to be decided by his or her International Federation (IF) based on an individual analysis of his or her international anti-doping record.

Putin said on Monday that officials named in the McLaren Report into Russian doping cover-ups would be suspended.

The anti-doping agency's report was a 103-page document from Canadian professor Richard McLaren. Let's ban these hundreds of athletes, re-test them all and not allow them to go to Rio or any future Olympics.

"There needs to be a huge investment in anti-doping at major championships to make sure things don't happen again".

The summer association's position falls in line with recent comments by IOC President Thomas Bach, who has cited the need to strike a balance between "individual justice and collective punishment".

The decision to deliver one is rife with political ramifications that involve a country that sent the third-most athletes (more than 430) to the previous Summer Olympics, four years ago in London.

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