Group wants Win­ter Games ban of Rus­sian lead­ers

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - SPORTS -

LIMA, Peru — A group of 17 an­ti­dop­ing lead­ers wants the Rus­sian Olympic Com­mit­tee banned from the up­com­ing Win­ter Games.

In a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day, the lead­ers say “sports lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions should not be given cre­den­tials to the Olympics when they in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­late the rules and rob clean ath­letes.”

The state­ment was signed by lead­ers of anti-dop­ing agen­cies in the U.S., Bri­tain, Aus­tralia and more than a dozen other coun­tries. It says there should be a path for Rus­sian ath­letes to com­pete as neu­trals if they can prove they’re sub­ject to strong anti-dop­ing pro­ce­dures.

A re­port by in­ves­ti­ga­tor Richard McLaren un­cov­ered ev­i­dence of a state-spon­sored dop­ing sys­tem in­side Rus­sia at the Sochi Olympics and be­fore­hand. The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee has two pan­els re­view­ing that re­port in or­der to de­ter­mine Rus­sia’s fate for next year.

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