Time now to act on Rus­sian dop­ing

USOC CEO urges IOC to do some­thing soon.

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - BY ED­DIE PELLS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee called on his in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts to act im­me­di­ately on al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian dop­ing, with now less than four months un­til the start of the Win­ter Games.

‘’The time for ac­tion is now,” Scott Black­mun, the CEO of the USOC said in an ad­dress Thurs­day to the USOC As­sem­bly.

In his speech to more than 200 mem­bers of the U.S. Olympic com­mu­nity, Black­mun said “it is beyond frus­trat­ing” that no ac­tion has been taken on the now-15-month-old McLaren Re­port, which doc­u­mented a Rus­sian dop­ing sys­tem that tainted the Sochi Games in 2014.

In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee lead­ers launched two in­ves­ti­ga­tions af­ter the McLaren Re­port was re­leased and ex­pect re­sults be­fore the end of the year.

But Black­mun noted that U.S. ath­letes are get­ting frus­trated, with so far not a sin­gle Sochi medal for­feited nor a sin­gle Win­ter Olympics-bound ath­lete sanc­tioned as a re­sult of the McLaren Re­port. The Olympics start Feb. 8.

‘’I be­lieve the IOC is pur­su­ing the find­ings of the McLaren Re­port , both in earnest and in good faith, and I be­lieve the IOC when they say there will be con­se­quences for the bad ac­tors,” Black­mun said. ‘’But at some point, jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied, and we are fast ap­proach­ing that point.”

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