No wor­ries for Rus­sians?

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

If the Rus­sians are wor­ried about miss­ing the up­com­ing Win­ter Olympics, one of their key lead­ers cer­tainly isn’t show­ing it. Alexan­der Zhukov, a Rus­sian mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, said “all of them are go­ing to Pyeongchang” when asked this week if he had any con­cerns about how the dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in his coun­try might af­fect el­i­gi­bil­ity for the Olympics in Fe­bru­ary. “Most of the Rus­sian ath­letes are train­ing in ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions” this win­ter, said Zhukov, who also serves as head of Rus­sia’s Olympic com­mit­tee. Zhukov’s con­fi­dence comes as a pair of IOC com­mit­tees head into their 15th month of re­view­ing the find­ings of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by Richard McLaren. That probe found ev­i­dence of wide­spread state-spon­sored dop­ing cor­rup­tion in­side Rus­sia that im­pacted 1,000 ath­letes cov­er­ing 30 sports. At its meet­ings this week, the IOC will re­ceive up­dates on those re­ports, one of which was to in­clude re­anal­y­sis of 254 urine sam­ples. But there are no plans to de­cide ei­ther about in­di­vid­ual Rus­sian ath­letes or the coun­try’s el­i­gi­bil­ity as a whole.

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