POSTED: June 18th 2016

Olympics: IOC backs IAAF to ban Russian track and field athletes at Rio 2016

IOC President and Olympic Champion Thomas Bach © IOC
IOC President and Olympic Champion Thomas Bach © IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a call between the Executive Board members today to discuss their position on the decision by the International Association Athletic Federations (IAAF) to ban Russian track and field athletes from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach proves that things are changing in the wake of compelling proof emerging from whistleblowers and has encouraged people to step up if they know of any doping practices. Bach, a former fencer and an Olympian, has also expressed his concerns that the Rio Summer Games be a fair playing field for all athletes and the more the truths be known the higher the bar can be set for clean sport. 

The statement reads: "The IOC welcomes and supports the IAAF's strong stance against doping. This is in line with the IOC's long-held zero-tolerance policy.

The IOC has taken note of the decision of the IAAF Council and of the report and recommendations of the IAAF Taskforce. 

The IOC Executive Board, in a telephone conference today, emphasized that it fully respects the IAAF position. The eligibility of athletes in any international competition including the Olympic Games is a matter for the respective International Federation.  

The IOC will initiate further far-reaching measures in order to ensure a level playing field for all the athletes taking part in the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The upcoming Olympic Summit on Tuesday will address the situation of the countries in which the National Anti-Doping Organisation has been declared non-compliant by WADA for reasons of the non-efficient functioning of the national anti-doping system." 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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