IOC requests sanctions against Russian athletes


Russian athletes accused of doping by an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) could have Olympic medals stripped after the IOC called for disciplinary measures to be taken out by the IAAF.

The commission revealed on Monday it had found existence of "widespread cheating through the use of doping substances and methods" in Russian athletics.

Life bans were recommended for five Russian athletes, four coaches and the chief of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) Medical Commission.

The IOC has requested the suggested sanctions be carried out by the IAAF, with the possibility of medals won by Russia being reallocated in the future.

"The IOC has asked the IAAF to initiate disciplinary procedures against all athletes, coaches and officials who have participated in the Olympic Games and are accused of doping in the report of the Independent Commission," a statement said.

"With its zero-tolerance policy against doping, following the conclusion of this procedure, the IOC will take all the necessary measures and sanctions with regard to the withdrawal and reallocation of medals and as the case may be exclusion of coaches and officials from future Olympic Games.

"The IOC expects the IAAF and WADA to consider all necessary action to be taken to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust."

On Tuesday, WADA suspended the accreditation of the Moscow Anti-Doping Centre, where drugs tests for the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi were conducted.

While the IOC stated that previous investigations produced no evidence of irregularities, it confirmed it will retest samples taken should new doubts over their validity arise.

"The IOC studied the functioning of the WADA accredited laboratory in Sochi during the Olympic Winter Games 2014 following the doubts expressed during the Independent Commission's press conference.

"In this context the IOC relies on the then report of the WADA independent observer group which makes no mention of any such irregularity. Nor was any such irregularity reported by the international experts involved, nor found by the IOC itself. 

"Therefore, the IOC has no reason to question the credibility of the results of the anti-doping tests carried out at the Olympic Winter Games 2014. 

"However, the IOC retaining all the doping samples for ten years, will retest samples in an appropriate way should substantial doubts arise. In any case, the IOC may retest samples once new scientific techniques become available."