The Australian government criticized the international Olympic Committee (IOC), which had refused to ban the participation of the entire Russian team in the 2016 Olympics, saying it could damage the reputation of the Olympic movement, writes Reuters.
The Minister of health and sports Australia Sussan Ley, which is a member of the Executive Committee of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA), stated that the clean athletes (not seen in the use of doping) will have to compete at the Games in Rio de Janeiro with those who were under suspicion.
“I am very disappointed,” said Lei at a press conference in Sydney. According to Lay, all but a complete ban of participation of the Russian team at the Olympics, is likely to harm the Olympic movement. “I support the view that any action other than recommended by WADA [prevent participation in Games of the Russian team], overshadow Rio suspicions compromised the integrity and harm the reputation of the Olympic movement,” said Lei.
The idea that “clean” athletes will not be able to compete at the appropriate level with those who are doping, the Australian Minister described as “appalling”. “To get up before dawn to train, trying to reach the extra inches and think that you will not be able to compete at the appropriate level in Rio or the world Cup, this is a terrible idea”, she added.
On the eve of the IOC Executive Board decided not to exclude from participation in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, whole of the Russian team. According to the results of the call in Lausanne, IOC President Thomas Bach said that the decision on participation of the Russian sportsmen in Games, which will be held from August 5 to 21, will host the international Federation in Olympic sports. To render their verdicts, and they have less than two weeks.
The decision of the IOC condemned the head of the U.S. anti-doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart, who called the incident a “blow “clean” athletes.” According to Tagert, the IOC made a mistake by passing the right of final decision of the international Federation.
The Agency WADA also expressed disappointment with the decision of the IOC. “This approach will inevitably lead to new challenges and less to the protection of clean athletes,” — commented the decision of the IOC, the WADA Director General Olivier Niggli.