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German Athletics Federation President dismisses Russian anti-doping reforms

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German Athletics Federation President dismisses Russian anti-doping reforms

Post by Admin on Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:37 pm

Germany Athletics Federation (DLV) President Clemens Prokop [in photo] has urged International Olympic Committee (IOC) counterpart Thomas Bach not to allow athletes from countries without fully functioning anti-doping systems to compete at Rio 2016.

In an open-letter addressed to his fellow countryman, Prokop urges the IOC to back-up their claims that clean athletes are the priority by taking action against those from all countries who do not have a compliant out-of-competition testing programme.

To not do so would be a "betrayal of athletes, but also a betrayal of the IOC and the Olympic ideals", he claims.

This comes with exactly a week to go until the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council meeting in Vienna at which a decision on whether to lift the suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) will be made.

But the IOC have now arranged an "Olympic Stakeholder Summit" just four days later in Lausanne, which is seen by many as an opportunity to find a way to enable Russian athletes not implicated in doping scandals to compete in Rio.

Prokop does not specifically call for the ban on Russia to be maintained, but this is strongly implied throughout his letter.

"It appears that some leaders in the world of sport contemplate - in the case of an exclusion [by the IAAF] - to grant Russian athletes eligibility for the Olympics in Rio provided they have not been tested positive for doping substances," he writes.

"It is obvious that the IOC's announcement to double the number of doping controls prior to Rio and in particular to have them carried-out in countries like Russia and Kenya has to be seen in light of the above."

He continues by pointing-out how the main benefit of doping comes in out-of-competition training periods, such an "in autumn 2015" and "spring 2016".

"Thus, a level playing field in Rio requires that a deterrent doping control system was operational during these relevant periods," he adds.................

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