POSTED: July 7th 2016
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Olympics: IOC EB passes Stepanova decision to Ethics Commission

(L to R) Jean Gracia, IAAF Secretary General, Seb Coe IAAF President, Yuliya Stepanova, Svein Arne Hansen, President of European Athletics, Christian Milz, CEO of European Athletics © Svein Hansen
(L to R) Jean Gracia, IAAF Secretary General, Seb Coe IAAF President, Yuliya Stepanova, Svein Arne Hansen, President of European Athletics, Christian Milz, CEO of European Athletics © Svein Hansen

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The IOC Executive Board has passed the decision to allow whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova compete at the summer Games of Rio 2016 to the IOC Ethics Commission for advice. Stepanova and her husband Vitaly came forth and made public incriminating information as to the inside workings of Russian athletics and state complicit doping cover ups.

The IAAF Doping Review Board has given Stepanova the approval to compete at the Rio 2016 athletics events as an independent neutral athlete. The Board, chaired by Robert Hersh (USA), allowed her to compete under the IAAF Competition Rule 22.1A (c) for "having made a truly exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of clean athletes, fair play and the integrity and authenticity of the sport."

The IAAF Secretary General consequenlty then notified the IOC that Stepanova would be eligible to compete at international competitions, including Rio 2016.

In line with IAAF rules, participation is still subject to the organizer so Stepanova herself wrote the IOC for permission to compete in the Rio summer Games.

Now the question will be put before the Ethics Commission and after they have informed the IOC board of their decision the board will then discuss if it is a situation that merits an exception to the rules of the Olympic Charter.  

 **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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