POSTED: July 31st 2016

Olympics: IOC EB three member team now has final say on Russian athletes

IOC Executive Board © Getty Images
IOC Executive Board © Getty Images

IOC President Thomas Bach was present to inaugurate Metro Line 4 © IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach was present to inaugurate Metro Line 4 © IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) named a troika review panel to decide on the final participation of Russian athletes at the Rio 2016 Games. The three person panel is EB members Uğur Erdener, Claudia Bokel and Juan Antonio Samaranch and they are due to make a final decision in the coming days.

This panel will review the list of athletes that were approved by their respective international sports federations (IFs) with input from an independent arbitrator from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) who will offer an initial ruling then it will be passed to the IOC troika team for a final decision.

Russia was targeting by the WADA independent person report by Richard McLaren for running state-sponsord doping at the Sochi Olympics anti-doping lab in Olympic Park.

This clearly leaves the final approval as to who competes in the hands of the IOC as confirmed by IOC spokesman Mark Adams, "We want to make it absolutely clear that we are the ones making the final call."

Adams also noted that the final decisions must be made by Friday August 5th for the opening of the Games so the panel is working on a close deadline.

Rio subway opened

IOC President Thomas Bach participated in the official opening of the last metro line that is crucial to the Rio 2016 transit system linking Barra, which is where the Olympic Park is situated, to Ipanema and to the rest of the city's metro system. Rio 2016 chief Carlos Nuzman together with Brazil's interim President Michel Temer and the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes accompanied President Bach to the opening.

"We inaugurated metro line 4 earlier today," said IOC Coordination Commission Chair for Rio 2016, Nawal El Moutawakel.  "It is the latest piece of a puzzle that will project Rio into a new era for the city and its inhabitants. The metro will make a significant difference in the everyday life of the Cariocas, and that is what these Games are also about."

Rio ready

The EB received an update on the final preparations for the Games and the final touches that were being coordinated to finish the facilities. The Olympic Village is receiving the athletes and delegations from around the world as they descend on Rio for the start of the Games.

Progress for PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020

The EB heard reports from the heads of the coordination commissions for the next two upcoming editions of the Olympics. Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of PyeongChang 2018's commission noted "good progress" for the next winter Games, with construction on most competition venues proceeding on schedule.

Head of Tokyo 2020's commission, John Coates, reported the Tokyo 2020 team is "delivering key milestones on time". The two organizing committees plus the Beijing 2022 team have hospitality houses in Rio to promote the next editions of the Games and their local culture.

Rio 2016 opens in 5 days and marks the first South American Summer Games ever in the history of the Olympic Movement.

**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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