Moscow- Former World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey
says it should be a "clear-cut" decision: Russia should not be
allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Fahey told The Associated Press on Thursday that Russia
should "definitely not be going" to Rio and said the integrity of the
2016 Olympics and future games is in jeopardy.
"This is widespread corruption, not individual, not a
group, not one sport," Fahey said during a telephone interview. "It's
a conspiracy of the state through the ministry of sport, the anti-doping
organization and their security service and the previously accredited Moscow
"They have all conspired to bring this about. The only
way you can support the clean athletes who will be competing is to make it
known that widespread cheating will not be tolerated."
The International Olympic Committee's executive board will
meet via teleconference Sunday to consider whether Russia, host of the Winter
Games at Sochi in 2014, will compete at the Summer Games next month.
The IOC is examining the legal options of a blanket ban
following a report by WADA investigator Richard McLaren that accused Russia's
sports ministry of overseeing doping of athletes.
Also read: Russia says final decision on Olympic ban expected Sunday
McLaren's report uncovered a state-run doping scheme that
implicated 28 sports, both summer and winter, and ran from 2011 to 2015. The
investigation told of 312 positive tests that Russia's deputy minister of sport
directed lab workers not to report to WADA. Russia's intelligence serve was
also involved, the report said.
It also provided further details of the swapping of samples
to protect Russian dopers, including medalists, at the Sochi Games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport will issue a verdict
Thursday on Russia's appeal to overturn an IAAF ban on its track and field
athletes for the games in Rio. The IOC will take that ruling into account
before making its own decision.
Fahey said he wasn't in a position to comment on the pending
CAS decision, saying he hadn't read enough of the background on the case.
"But really, it never should have gotten that far based
on what Russia has been accused of the past two years," Fahey said.
Tatiana Grigorieva, a Russian-born pole vaulter who won
Olympic silver for Australia at the Sydney Games in 2000, told Fox Sports
Australia she agreed Russia should be banned, adding "it's obvious by now
that the system is rotten."
"The fact that the new findings are saying that
(Russia's) secret service are involved in this, it scares me," she said.
"It goes a lot deeper than just sport or the Olympic Committee."
Fahey says the public's perception of the Olympic movement
is at stake if Russia is not prevented from sending a team to Rio.
"The McLaren report makes it abundantly clear that if
they want to safeguard the integrity of the Olympic Games, they need to ban
Russia," Fahey said. "To have Russia there will put into jeopardy the
world's view of the Olympics."
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