With the Pyeongchang Games fast approaching, the Canadian Olympic Committee is calling on the International Olympic Committee to move forward with “more timely actions” in the aftermath of the McLaren Report on Russia’s systemic state-sponsored doping.
In a release, the COC requested the IOC to winner “immediate and meaningful sanctions” on the Russian Olympic Committee, game athletes and officials pursuant to the report. COC president Tricia Smith said she has faith in investigation commissions directed by Denis Oswald and Samuel Schmid, but she is concerned about timing.
“The Games are 112 days off and we have got athletes that will be engaging in qualifications and so forth,” Smith said from Vancouver. “So we are just asking the IOC to recognize that with all the time problems, that we might want to take provisionary steps to make this entire process meaningful.”
IOC researchers have announced they expect several doping cases involving Russians in the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be solved by the end of November. However, they didn’t have plans to dictate the eligibility of the athletes for next year’s Winter Games.
It is anticipated that evidence will be handed over in the IOC to different sports federations to pick on athletes’ eligibility for Pyeongchang. The IOC made a similar choice before the Summer Games last year, and almost 300 Russians ended up competing in Rio.
Many anti-doping leaders have called on the IOC to prohibit Russia from Pyeongchang. The COC has requested that provisionary measures include suspensions to “protect the integrity” of the Games.
“We applaud the IOC for what they are doing since these commissions are crucial and the work they are doing is really important,” Smith said. “But the simple fact is we’ve Games 112 days away and so again, within the principles there are provisions which you are able to make interim decisions in terms of who can participate.
“So we are asking for the IOC to look at these provisionary measures.”
Both commissions are working off info from the McLaren Report.
In an email, an IOC spokesman noted that the committee must await forensic work to be done, adding that any decision must stand up in court. An official reply to the COC launch was expected later Thursday.
The COC, which held a meeting of its board of directors last weekend, will host a symposium on Nov. 24 to “serve as a catalyst for positive change in fresh game and to further a wider discussion on anti-doping.”
“We are calling on Olympic countries who wish to join us in this conversation to get involved in the Ethical Sport Symposium in Calgary,” said COC chief executive officer Chris Overholt. “We will need to search for constructive solutions to those issues.”
The Pyeongchang Games are set for Feb. 9-25.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail