Athletes cleared by IAAF can compete under Russian flag in Rio Olympics...

Athletes cleared by IAAF can compete under Russian flag in Rio Olympics – IOC

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The International Olympic Committee says that Russian and Kenyan athletes will be evaluated individually to determine their eligibility to compete in the Rio Games. A blanket ban was upheld for Russian track-and-field athletes, but not for the whole team.

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IOC president Thomas Bach said during a Tuesday press conference that the committee has “serious doubts on the presumption of innocence” of athletes from Russia and Kenya.

Athletes who are evaluated will have to prove they are clean by means of “international tests, or tests supervised and approved by international authorities…” Bach said.

He stressed that any “tainted” laboratory tests would not be accepted.

Along with athletes, Bach stressed that others involved in the doping scandal will also be banned, including coaches and doctors.

Those who are deemed clean will be able to compete under the Russian flag at the Rio Olympics this summer.

The IOC upheld a Saturday ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for a blanket ban on track-and-field athletes from Russia, noting that the IOC cannot declare athletes technically illegible in the Games.

Bach also noted that the anti-doping system has “some deficiencies.”

“We have to make responsibilities clearer…it has to be more transparent. Everybody has to understand better who is doing what and who is responsible for what…”

He added that the summit has called to convene and extraordinary world conference on doping for the year 2017, where the issue can be addressed in an “open and transparent way.” 

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Source: Daily News

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