Ed Warner: UK Athletics chairman slams IOC president's backing of ROC proposals

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On Friday, the IAAF provisionally suspended the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) amid allegations of state-sponsored doping

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner has criticised International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach‘s comments that clean Russian athletes can expect to compete in the Olympic Games next year.

On Friday, the IAAF provisionally suspended the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) amid allegations of state-sponsored doping following the publication of a report by an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has since outlined measures to ensure that Russian athletes are not banned from competing in Rio de Janeiro next year, something which Bach declared made him confident they will be able to participate.

However, Warner has slammed his comments and suggested that the IOC should be taking a harder line and investigating into other Russian sports.

I think Thomas Bach’s comments are quite extraordinary,” he said on Radio 5 Live.
 

“I can’t say how long it will take Russia to become compliant with the WADA code ” it may take months, it may take years.

“I would’ve thought IOC’s prime job now is to look beyond athletics in Russia and check there is not something systemic that extends into other sports, because we may well find as the months go on that other sports in which Russia excelled at the Olympics are dragged into the scandal as RUSADA, the anti-doping agency in Russia, is not just responsible for athletics.

“I’d have thought the IOC would be better served at the moment lining up behind the IAAF, which has not put a time limit on this provisional suspension and is insisting that all of the findings of the report by the WADA independent commission are met, and possibly more, before Russia is allowed back into athletics.

“I don’t know how long that will be. Let’s hope it’s in time for Rio, but only if they can absolutely show that everything is above board and satisfactory.”