President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach in light of the problems with the evidentiary basis of the report of the Commission of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) under the leadership of Richard McLaren urged to respect the rights of Russian athletes, many of whom might be innocent.

“The basis for ethical decisions is the integrity and fairness of the investigations. To protect the rights of every person, as defined in all laws of human rights. Those who ignore these basics, seek a purely political solution,” said Bach in an interview with German publication Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

“Punish for the sake of politics those who may be innocent, is unethical. The trends of recent months have clearly shown that our decisions before the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro we were on the right track. The first interim report, we were able to take a temporary measure. Now we know the contents of the final report of McLaren, in which there are problems with the evidence on many counts,” – said the head of the IOC.

Last week, the IOC published an open letter, stating that WADA has acknowledged the insufficiency of the evidence of guilt of many athletes mentioned in the report of McLaren, for the introduction of sanctions against them. The Agency explained that the disposal of many samples, and the writing itself felt “blindsided”.

Recall that an independent Commission WADA under the leadership of Richard McLaren on 18 July and on 9 December last year published the two parts of the report, which refers to the existence in Russia of a system of institutionalized manipulation of the doping trial involving thousands of athletes.

Thomas Bach also indicated a significant difference between the first and second reports of the McLaren. The first refers to “the state system of doping in Russia”, and the second – already on “institutionalised collusion”, without the participation of the NOC of Russia.

He recalled that in respect of the Russian athletes was abolished the presumption of innocence, and they were compelled to prove their innocence to doping fraud. Due to the severity of the charges, the IOC had to enter the collective responsibility of the athletes.

In the result, the Russian team took part in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in a highly truncated format. Athletes and officials mentioned in the report of McLaren, the competition was suspended. Games missed all athletes, with the exception of the jumper in length Daria Kishineu, as well as representatives of other sports who did not meet the IOC criteria.

The head of the IOC Thomas Bach urged to respect the rights of the Russian sportsmen 03.03.2017

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