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IOC must refuse cash to lift Russia ban, claims Dick Pound

by 12/08/2017 19:06:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Ex-WADA chief Dick Pound concluded that Russia's doping was state sponsored 
  • He believes their Winter Olympic ban should not be lifted if they only pay a fine
  • Pound warned the IOC's reputation would be akin to FIFA's if they took money 
  • '(It) has to be careful that it isn't a case of: 'Well, there go the principles'' - Pound
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By Rob Draper for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 17:30 EDT, 12 August 2017 | Updated: 19:06 EDT, 12 August 2017

The International Olympic Committee's most experienced member and the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency has poured scorn on the idea that Russia could get away with paying a fine to gain admission to next year's Winter Olympics.

Dick Pound, whose independent commission was the first official body to uncover evidence of institutional doping in Russia, which Pound concluded was state sponsored, has said that the IOC's reputation would be as disreputable as FIFA's were it to accept the money.

IOC President Thomas Bach appeared to cave in to Russian pressure at last year's summer Olympics by passing the buck to individual federations to decide whether Russia could compete in Rio – despite evidence that Russia officials and the state security agency FSB had conspired to switch samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 to allow Russian athletes to compete whilst on drugs.

Dick Pound claims Russia's Winter Olympic ban should not be lifted if they only pay a fine
Dick Pound claims Russia's Winter Olympic ban should not be lifted if they only pay a fine

Dick Pound claims Russia's Winter Olympic ban should not be lifted if they only pay a fine

IOC president Thomas Bach let individual federations decide if they could compete at Rio 2016
IOC president Thomas Bach let individual federations decide if they could compete at Rio 2016

IOC president Thomas Bach let individual federations decide if they could compete at Rio 2016

A Press Association report last week said that the IOC and Russia had agreed the terms of the fine which would be announced prior to PyeongChang 2018 to allow Russia to compete. The IOC has said the report was 'pure speculation' and Pound said that his organisation would lose any credibility if it accepted such a deal.

Pound said: 'The IOC has to be careful that it isn't a case of: 'Well, there go the principles and it's just like FIFA. If there's money, you can get around bad conduct.' If I were considering this and I were Thomas Bach I would be giving a lot of thought to the downside of coming into a lot of money.'

Pound also says the IOC could be opening itself up to legal challenges from cheated athletes. 'If it's in respect of the doping I'd be inclined to say money should go to WADA but there will be athletes who have been cheated saying this should be used to pay the prize money I was denied. There is potential for backlash.'

There are fewer than 200 days until the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea
There are fewer than 200 days until the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea

There are fewer than 200 days until the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea

 

 

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