The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will support the toughest sanctions against all those responsible for the manipulation of the Moscow Laboratory data before it was transferred to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in January 2019.
WADA, among others, had recommended a four year ban on all those involved in the manipulation.
The IOC in a statement today condemned the flagrant manipulation as an attack on the credibility of sport itself and an insult to the sporting movement worldwide.
The IOC also praised WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) department and the independent forensic experts for their detailed and very professional work in unraveling the fiasco.
The IOC urged the the Russian authorities to deliver the raw data on which the case was based. It felt that only with the delivery of fully authenticated raw data would ensure that the guilty could be properly punished and the innocent fully protected.
The Olympic movement was of the opinion that any shadow of suspicion over the new generation of clean Russian athletes must be removed.
It noted that the WADA report proved that any manipulation of the data was the sole responsibility of the Russian authorities.
At the same time, the IOC also noted that the report found the sports movement not involved in any of the manipulation, and that it also did not indicate any wrongdoing by the sports movement in this regard, in particular the Russian Olympic Committee or its members.
In this context, the IOC welcomes the opportunity offered by WADA to Russian athletes to compete, “where they are able to demonstrate that they are not implicated in any way by the non-compliance”.
With regard to the sanctions following this manipulation, the IOC would evaluate it is detail before making a decision. The IOC emphasized that any sanctions should follow the rules of natural justice and respect human rights.
However, the IOC in it statement stressed that the guilty should be punished in the toughest way possible because of the seriousness of this infringement and welcomed the sanctions for the Russian authorities responsible.
It has also recommended that WADA take further action by referring the matter to the Council of Europe and UNESCO, having regard to the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention and the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport.
At the end of the process, the IOC hoped that justice would finally prevail and that there will be full and proper sanctions.