IOC Delays Decision on Banning Russia from Rio Olympics

In essence, here's what World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren reported to the world on Monday: Russian athletes cheated.

Dick Pound, the International Olympic Committee member whose report into doping led to Russia's ban from track and field athletics previous year, claims that the International Olympic Committee are "very reluctant" to ban Russian Federation from the Olympics. It found 312 positive tests that Russia's deputy minister of sport directed lab workers not to report to WADA. That was expected on Thursday.

Upon the report's release, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) blacklisted the national team and warned that unless Russia undertook profound reforms of its anti-doping checks, it would be banned from the Rio games.

The IOC also ordered a disciplinary commission to look into the sports ministry's role in the drug cheating that included Russia's secret service swapping dirty urine samples for clean ones through a hole in a wall at the Sochi Olympics.

"WADA insists upon imposition of the most serious consequences to protect clean athletes from the scourge of doping in sport", said agency president Craig Reedie, also an International Olympic Committee member.

It is also worth noting that Bach is at least now considering a "collective ban" having spoken mainly about "individual justice" in recent weeks.

Russia's embattled sports minister Vitaly Mutko was denied accreditation to attend the Olympics on Wednesday, along with all Russian sport officials and those mentioned in the McLaren report.

Given the report's details of extensive cover-ups of positive tests in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee has ordered the immediate re-testing of all Russian athletes who took part, as well as a full enquiry.

That ban followed similar revelations of rampant doping with support from Moscow. One is doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, the other is Florida-based long jumper Darya Klishina, who has received threats online from Russian fans who think she would betray her country by competing if the rest of the team is banned. Reedie, who is also an International Olympic Committee vice president, presented details of the McLaren report to the executive board Tuesday and answered questions about it, before Bach asked him to recuse himself from the meeting because of a "conflict of interest".

But he said noone can say all Russian athletes are cheats and added: "In the public's imagination participation in the Olympics is for everyone".

- will launch retesting, including forensic analysis, of doping samples from the Sochi Games.

"The McLaren Report has concluded, beyond a reasonable doubt, a mind-blowing level of corruption within both Russian sport and government that goes right to the field of play", said Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The uncertainty is weighing heavily on Russian athletes.

It went further. Because of the caustic revelations of cheating at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 all global Olympic winter sports would be asked to "freeze their preparations for major events in Russian Federation, such as world championships and world cups, and to actively look for alternative organisers". The Olympic Summit on October 8, 2016 will propose further measures in this respect.

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