President Putin calls international sports ban unjust and unfair
June 18, Moscow: President Vladimir Putin has said it is unjust and unfair that Russian athletes remain banned from international competition, including the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
According to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), they decided not to lift the suspension, as claims of state-sponsored doping arose.The board however has sted that individual athletes can compete as neutrals if they prove they are clean.
President Putin has however called on other bodies, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to intervene."There are universally recognised principles of law and one of them is that the responsibility should be always personified," said President Putin, who feels that the people who have nothing to do with violations, should not suffer because of those who committed the violations.
"I'm assuming that we'll have a discussion with our colleagues in the World Anti-Doping structure and I hope for a suitable reaction from the International Olympic Committee," he added. The country was suspended by the IAAF in November 2015, after an independent World Anti-Doping Association (Wada) report depicted a culture of widespread doping, with even the secret services involved.
A strong and effective anti-doping infrastructure capable of detecting and deterring doping has still not been created according to the sources who are investigating the case. There are detailed allegations that the Ministry of Sport has orchestrated systematic doping and cover-ups.Rune Andersen of the IAAF said Russian athletics had been "tainted by doping from the top level down."
The Oslo Times International News Network