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Ban Ki-moon to the International Olympic Committee ethics commission

17 Septembre 2017

"We have serious doubts that the 2018 Games will be clean due to the incomplete investigation of massive evidence of individual doping by Russians athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and given the inadequate testing evidence of Russian athletes over the past four years".

Denis Oswald. the head of one of two Olympic commissions looking into allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian Federation, said evidence gathered so far will be combined shortly with the results of tests conducted to determine whether urine and blood sample bottles had been tampered with at the Sochi games.

Oswald did not say how many athletes could be involved, but said the first hearings would start next month.

The IOC stopped short of a full ban of the Russian athletes at last year's Summer Games, instead giving global sports federations a handful of days to determine eligibility of individual athletes. "We have seen tremendous growth in events and athletes in China; the number of registered horses is increasing in an exponential way", he said.

Explaining why sanctions could not conclusively be brought against numerous individual athletes identified in the Report, WADA said that there "simply may not be sufficient evidence required to sanction (the athletes), with potential ADRVs (Anti-Doping Rule Violations)".

In resolving the case against Russia's suspended antidoping agency (Rusada), Wada has insisted the agency, the country's Olympic committee and its sports ministry "publically accept the outcomes of the McLaren Investigation".

The 2018 Pyeongchang Games will take place in a country with a limited winter sports tradition and far from the core markets of Europe and North America - making local attendance crucial to ensuring grandstands are full. "It must be clear months before", said Camiel Eurlings, a committee member from the Netherlands. "This is just the position of several NADOs", said Zhukov.

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Last year Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was then the director of WADA, publicly stated that he was an integral part of a far-reaching, state-sponsored conspiracy to allow Russian athletes to cheat doping tests.

Six skiers who have been banned from competing following the WADA report, will be the first to be dealt with by Oswald, with the skiing season starting soon.

However, Alexander Zhukov said Wada "didn't support this position". The former South Korean foreign minister said the Seoul government is closely working with the UNSC.

Ingmar De Vos, President of the Fédération Equestre International (FEI) since 2014, was today elected as a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the IOC Session in Lima (PER).

"The comments made.omit entirely all the work that's been done to develop proper anti-doping systems in Russia", Reedie said.

Reedie called the criticisms "unhelpful and backward looking".

"There are stunning venues proposed for equestrian in both 2024 and 2028 and they offer a really exciting opportunity for the FEI to help both organising teams deliver the Games in the most cost-effective way".

Ban Ki-moon to the International Olympic Committee ethics commission