The International Olympic Committee has decided not to ban Russian athletes from competing in the upcoming Rio Olympics, amid concerns of wide-scale doping by that country’s athletes.
Russia’s government has been implicated in a doping program for summer and winter games’ competitors.
The IOC also rejected a bid by Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to compete as a neutral athlete in Rio.
Speaking on CKNW’s Jill Bennett show, Paul Melia with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport says this raises concerns over just how committed the IOC is to running a dope-free Olympics.
“I think that the clean athletes in particular around the world will be looking at this decision and scratching their heads and wondering how on the one hand can say if the evidence is true, will take the toughest sanctions available against Russia and take this course of action once the evidence is being confirmed.”
Russian athletes are still not in the clear to compete in Rio; individual sports organisations will have the final say on whether athletes can compete in their sports.