Federation Internationale de Football Association to Investigate Mutko's Role in Russian Doping

by Steven Clarke July 24, 2016, 7:03

IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly called for a balance between “individual justice and collective punishment.”. "This means that the eligibility of each Russian athlete will have to be decided by his or her International Federation (IF) based on an individual analysis of his or her international anti-doping record".

The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday it will urgently look into allegations of systemic and state-sponsored Russian doping at the 2014 Sochi Games made by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Since, for the IOC as an global non-governmental organisation, the Russian Ministry of Sports and its subordinated organisations such as the Center of Sports Preparations of National Teams of Russia (CSP) and the Russian Federal Research Center of Physical Culture and Sport (VNIIFK) are beyond its reach, it will forward the results of its inquiries to UNESCO and WADA to take further measures and sanctions in application of the UNESCO "Convention against Doping in Sport" and the World Anti-Doping Code, according the statement issued by the IOC.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said officials named as directly responsible in the doping scheme would be suspended.

A five-man disciplinary commission was set up to start proceedings against Russian officials mentioned in the report, which described extensive doping and cover-ups at the Sochi Winter Olympics hosted by Russia in 2014.

"The Sochi laboratory operated a unique sample-swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Olympic Games", he added.

The IOCs legal options may become clearer after Thursday, when the highest court in sports will rule on an appeal by 68 Russian track and field athletes seeking to overturn their ban from the games.

The investigation finds the FSB secret service helped "the state-dictated failsafe system" carried out by the sports ministry and covering 30 sports. It found 312 positive tests that Russias deputy minister of sport directed lab workers not to report to WADA. The International Association of Athletics Federations upheld the ban last month, a decision accepted by the IOC.

The charges were brought forward to American broadcaster CBS' 60 Minutes program and The New York Times in May by a whistleblower, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the WADA-accredited doping lab in Moscow.

While the biggest decision was put on ice, the board has started disciplinary action against all those implicated by the report from the Russian sports ministry and elsewhere.

WADA and other anti-doping officials urged the International Olympic Committee to consider the unprecedented step of excluding the entire Russian team from the Rio Games.

It also said it would not back the European Games, scheduled for the country in 2019. "And I can only imagine how betrayed the clean athletes of the world are feeling today in the face of this evidence".

WADA, the German Olympic committee and anti-doping bodies across the globe have backed calls for Russia's outright ban from Rio.

FISA has asked WADA to hold a meeting with IFs immediately following the release of the evidence referred to in the McLaren report.

The IOC has also said it could let individual worldwide sports federations decide on whether to ban Russians from their events in Rio, just as the IAAF has done by ruling track and field athletes from the games.

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