Athletes react as IOC fails to blanket ban Russia
WITH the announcement overnight that the International Olympic Committee would not put a blanket ban on Russian athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympics, other athletes have expressed their disgust.
In what some have labelled a feeble move from the IOC, individual federations are now responsible for who they let compete at the Games.
Many believe Russia should have been banned due to the state's involvement in a massive doping operation that dates back to 2011, however the IOC decided it wasn't fair to punish athletes who had no involvement.
However the decision to ban Russian athletes who had been tested in the past was slammed by former Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority boss Richard Ings who called the IOC hypocrites.
"How can IOC ban RUS athletes who have already served ADRV bans but allow athletes from other nations who have already served ADRV bans?" Ings said.
Athletes from around the world heading to the Games, which start in just under two weeks, were understandably disappointed.
Well, that’s the IOC board off my xmas card list then— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) July 24, 2016
IOC should impose blanket Osaka rule. If you break the rules you shouldn't get a second chance— Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) July 24, 2016
Such a disappointing decision by the IOC. Does not send out a strong message that doping will not be tolerated. #Rio— Jo Pavey (@jopavey) July 24, 2016