Bach: IOC de­ci­sion on Rus­sians ‘is about jus­tice’

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IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach is­sued an­other de­fence of his han­dling of the Rus­sian dop­ing scan­dal, say­ing the de­ci­sion not to ex­clude the en­tire Rus­sian team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics was based on hu­man rights and jus­tice. Bach ad­dressed the con­tin­u­ing crit­i­cism of the Olympic body’s re­sponse to ev­i­dence of state-spon­sored dop­ing in Rus­sia, declar­ing that in­di­vid­ual ath­letes can­not be pun­ished for the wrong­do­ing of their gov­ern­ment. “This de­ci­sion is about jus­tice,” said Bach. “Jus­tice has to be in­de­pen­dent from pol­i­tics. Who­ever re­sponds to a vi­o­la­tion of the law with an­other vi­o­la­tion of the law is de­stroy­ing jus­tice.” Re­ject­ing calls from anti-dop­ing bod­ies for a to­tal ban on Rus­sia, the IOC in­stead gave in­ter­na­tional sports fed­er­a­tions the au­thor­ity to rule on the en­try of in­di­vid­ual Rus­sian ath­letes. The IOC also ruled that any Rus­sian ath­letes with prior dop­ing sanc­tions could not com­pete in the Rio Games. While more than 100 Rus­sians - in­clud­ing the track and field team - have been banned from the games, more than 250 have so far been cleared to com­pete by the fed­er­a­tions. “We had to take the nec­es­sary de­ci­sions,” added Bach. “Be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the al­le­ga­tions, we could not up­hold the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence for Rus­sian ath­letes. On the other hand, we can­not de­prive an ath­lete of the hu­man right to be given the op­por­tu­nity to prove his or her in­no­cence. “You can­not pun­ish a hu­man be­ing for the fail­ures of his or her gov­ern­ment if he or she is not im­pli­cated. These prin­ci­ples are now be­ing im­ple­mented.”

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