Excluding Russia Olympics: Bach tries to calm the game

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The president of the IOC, Thomas Bach

At the time four other Russians were disqualified Friday for doping at the olympic Games in Sochi, the IOC president, Thomas Bach, has asked critics not to put pressure on its executive board prior to a critical decision next month regarding the country’s participation in the Games to Pyeongchang.

 

The double gold medalist in bobsleigh Alexander Zubkov has been stripped of his two titles of 2014 in the framework of the last series of verdicts by a commission of the international olympic Committee in charge of investigating the athletes involved in doping cases in sport Russian.

 

A total of 14 Russians were disqualified this month, and nine medals were lost.

 

A few hours earlier, the comments of Bach in an introductory speech — stressing that the olympic medallists were involved in an attack on the integrity of the Games hinted at a possible change of position to the exclusion of Russian athletes of the olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

 

Meeting of the IOC

 

Bach will chair a meeting of the executive board of the IOC on 5 December, which could exclude the Russian team from Pyeongchang due to a wide doping system sponsored by the State at the Sochi Games.

 

For a long time?considered as an ally of Russia, Bach seemed to confirm that position this month when he criticized the demands “unacceptable” total exclusion, while the two olympic committees were investigating an alleged doping conspiracy.

Some might attempt to raise the pressure. They will be wrong.
Thomas Bach, IOC president

In his speech Friday, Bach has, however, cautioned those ” who, regardless of the camp “, seek to influence the IOC. “Some might attempt to raise the pressure. They will be wrong “, said the president of the IOC officials european olympic meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

The Russian leaders have threatened this month not to téléviser the Games to Pyeongchang, and to prevent players of clubs of the KHL to participate. The warning of the KHL came from the president of the league, Dmitry Chernyshenko, the former head of the organizing committee of Sochi.

 

In the wake of four other exclusions, Bach warns critics

 

At the time four other Russians were disqualified Friday for doping at the olympic Games in Sochi, the IOC president, Thomas Bach, has asked critics not to put pressure on its executive board prior to a critical decision next month regarding the country’s participation in the Games to Pyeongchang.

 

The double gold medalist in bobsleigh Alexander Zubkov has been stripped of his two titles of 2014 in the framework of the last series of verdicts by a commission of the international olympic Committee in charge of investigating the athletes involved in doping cases in sport Russian.

 

Today president of the Russian federation of bobsled, Zubkov was disqualified and banned for life from the olympic Games in the company of the speed skater Olga Fatkulina, who took silver in the 500 metres.

 

Russia dominated the medal table in Sochi, but recent cases have made it back to nine gold medals, less than Norway and Canada. In total medals, Russia now 24, behind the United States, Norway and Canada.

 

A total of 14 Russians were disqualified this month, and nine medals were lost.

 

A few hours earlier, the comments of Bach in an introductory speech — stressing that the olympic medallists were involved in an attack on the integrity of the Games hinted at a possible change of position to the exclusion of Russian athletes of the olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

 

Bach will chair a meeting of the executive board of the IOC on 5 December, which could exclude the Russian team from Pyeongchang due to a wide doping system sponsored by the State at the Sochi Games.

 

Long regarded as an ally of Russia, Bach seemed to confirm that position this month when he criticized the demands “unacceptable” total exclusion, while the two olympic committees were investigating an alleged doping conspiracy.

 

In his speech Friday, Bach has, however, cautioned those ” who, regardless of the camp “, seek to influence the IOC.

 

“Some might attempt to raise the pressure. They will be wrong “, said the president of the IOC officials european olympic meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

The Russian leaders have threatened this month not to téléviser the Games to Pyeongchang, and to prevent players of clubs of the KHL to participate. The warning of the KHL came from the president of the league, Dmitry Chernyshenko, the former head of the organizing committee of Sochi.

 

The IOC is facing the same political decision on Russia before the olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

In July 2016, the executive board of the Bach had not imposed the general exclusion of Russia in the wake of the publication of the first report of the investigator Richard McLaren on the program of doping in Sochi less than three weeks before the opening ceremony. The IOC had instead, left to the international federations to make a decision.

 

Bach had chosen to prioritize the rights of Russian athletes to compete in the midst of a chaotic period of court cases based on the periodic report of McLaren. The full report published in December last year went even further in the revelations of the program of doping Russian, that goes beyond winter sports.

 

The “important difference” this time, said Bach on Friday, it was that the Russian athletes accused have had the right to a legal process and a fair hearing of the IOC.

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