Kenyans ask IOC for clarification on doping
22 June 2016, 08:07
Lausanne, Switzerland — The Latest on the special Olympic summit (all times local):
The president of the Kenyan track federation has asked for clarification from the International Olympic Committee following Tuesday's announcement that the country's athletes need to be tested outside their country to be eligible to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach said any competitor from Russia or Kenya wishing to take part in the Olympics will need to be individually evaluated by their sport's international federation.
Athletics Kenya head Jackson Tuwei says "what is this other business of them going abroad? What is the problem? It will require quite a bit of explanation,"
Russia has asked the International Olympic Committee to clarify how its track and field athletes can qualify for exemptions and compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
The IOC opened the door to some Russian athletes competing under the Russian flag in Rio, but it is not clear what exact conditions they must fulfill.
Russian track federation general secretary Mikhail Butov says the issue "needs to be detailed, to be explained, because the procedure is very important, in what way and how permission can be granted."
Track and field's world governing body, which has suspended the Russian federation, last week said athletes must have been based outside Russia and tested regularly to qualify and compete as "neutral" athletes in Rio.
The president of the Russian Olympic Committee says the country will not boycott the games in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday upheld the ban on Russia's track and field federation at a summit of sports leaders but left the door open for some to compete.
Alexander Zhukov said in comments carried by state news agency Tass that Russia "will not boycott the Olympics," but he adds that the national Olympic committee will consider a lawsuit against the IAAF.
Olympic leaders have called for enhanced drug-testing of Russian and Kenyan athletes across all sports, warning that evidence of inadequate doping controls in those countries could lead to more athletes being barred from the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Russia and Kenya are deemed to be non-compliant with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The leaders put the onus on each international sports federation, known as an IF, to make sure athletes from those countries are clean.
In a statement, they say "the Olympic summit considers the 'presumption of innocence' of athletes from these countries being put seriously into question."
IOC President Thomas Bach has opened the door to having some Russians compete in track and field at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro under their own flag.
Speaking after an Olympic summit, Bach says the sports leaders agree that the ban on the Russian track federation should be upheld. But he says Russians who are exempted by the IAAF to compete in Rio will do so as a member of the Russian Olympic Committee. The IAAF had said any Russians, expected to be only a handful, competing in Rio would be under a neutral flag.
Bach says "when it comes to the Olympic Games, all athletes then are part of the team of the Russian Olympic Committee."
Bach also raised concerns about the international anti-doping system, and called on the World Anti-Doping Agency to convene a global conference in 2017 to find ways to better catch athletes who cheat.
The Olympic summit also discussed athletes from both Russia and Kenya, saying the "presumption of innocence" of competitors from those countries has been put into question.
The head of Russia's Olympic Committee says the country will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the blanket ban on the country's track and field athletes.
Alexander Zhukov says the appeal will be on behalf of athletes "who have never violated anti-doping rules."
He issued his appeal in a speech to a summit of Olympic leaders, four days after the IAAF upheld its ban on the Russian track and field team for the Rio de Janeiro Games.
He says the Russian athletes and the track federation will appeal "in order to protect the interests and rights of all athletes who have proven their innocence and have not used prohibited substances or methods."
He says the Russian Olympic Committee supports the appeals and will also challenge the IAAF decision to "prevent the violation of the Olympic Charter."
He says he hopes CAS will make an "objective, fair and lawful decision."
The Olympic summit meeting has ended without any official word on the outcome.
Olympic leaders met Tuesday to consider further steps to crack down on doping ahead of the games in Rio de Janeiro in the wake of the ban on Russian track and field athletes.
International Olympic Committee members declined to comment on the details, but IOC vice president John Coates says "it was a good day."
The Olympic body is expected to shortly release a statement at a news conference with IOC President Thomas Bach.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin would not say whether the country's entire team could boycott the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if its track and field team remains banned from competing.
The International Olympic Committee is holding a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the IAAF's decision to maintain its ban on Russian track and field athletes for the Rio Games and to take additional steps to ensure a "level playing field" for all competitors.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says it would be premature to comment on the Russian reaction before the IOC had announced its decision, and said "nobody wants such precedents" when asked about a potential boycott.
Russia's parliament has mentioned the Spanish Inquisition in warning the International Olympic Committee not to inflict "collective punishment" on Russian athletes.
The IOC is meeting to take stock of the IAAF's decision to maintain its ban on Russian track and field athletes for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and to take additional steps to ensure a "level playing field" for all athletes in the upcoming games.
The Russian State Duma said in a statement adopted Tuesday that the ban would "breed divisions and suspicion among the athletes from different nations" and claimed it would represent "collective punishment" used by the Spanish Inquisition and totalitarian regimes.
The Duma said it counts on the IOC to come up with an "objective decision" that "will not put into question the ideals and goals of the Olympic movement."
Olympic leaders are meeting to consider further steps to crack down on doping ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the wake of the ban on Russian track and field athletes.
IOC President Thomas Bach convened a special Olympic summit on Tuesday to take stock of the IAAF's decision to maintain its ban on Russia for the games and to take additional measures to ensure a "level playing field" for all athletes in Rio.
At the opening of the meeting of 20 sports delegates at a Lausanne hotel, Bach said: "We want to coordinate our efforts to protect the clean athletes and strengthen the fight against doping, particularly in light of the upcoming Rio Games."
Bach added: "We will have some interesting debate."
IAAF President Sebastian Coe was among those attending, as was Russia's Olympic committee chief Alexander Zhukov.