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Switzerland: Russian athletes can compete as members of Russian Olympic Committee - IOC's Bach01:17

Switzerland: Russian athletes can compete as members of Russian Olympic Committee - IOC's Bach

Switzerland, Lausanne
June 21, 2016 at 22:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach announced that Russian athletes can compete as "members of the team of the Russian Olympic Committee" in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, during a press conference in Lausanne, Tuesday.

Bach stated "only a national Olympic committee can enter athletes to the Olympic Games. There are no teams of international federations there. And contrary to the National Federation of Track and Field, the Russian Olympic Committee is not suspended."

Bach added that while the IOC had been advised on potential sentence appeals by Russian athletes, it also respected the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision, and that court appeals is "the good right of everybody."

The scandal broke out on November 9, 2015 after World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report on its investigation of the activities of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. The report contained allegations of systematic doping by Russian athletes as well as officials being involved in covering it up.

Switzerland: Russian athletes can compete as members of Russian Olympic Committee - IOC's Bach01:17
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The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach announced that Russian athletes can compete as "members of the team of the Russian Olympic Committee" in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, during a press conference in Lausanne, Tuesday.

Bach stated "only a national Olympic committee can enter athletes to the Olympic Games. There are no teams of international federations there. And contrary to the National Federation of Track and Field, the Russian Olympic Committee is not suspended."

Bach added that while the IOC had been advised on potential sentence appeals by Russian athletes, it also respected the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision, and that court appeals is "the good right of everybody."

The scandal broke out on November 9, 2015 after World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report on its investigation of the activities of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. The report contained allegations of systematic doping by Russian athletes as well as officials being involved in covering it up.

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