Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 27, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Matteo Trentin wins Wallonie stage 4; Kump gets first win of season on stage 9 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; IOC: ‘No presumption of innocence for Russian athletes’; Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 2; Tinkoff team budget analysis; Wiggins picks Froome to win Rio time trial; Dumoulin back on the bike, hopeful for Rio; Froome to race Vuelta after Olympics; Cavendish on Rio: ‘This is about making every single pedal rev count’; Final Tour de France prize money list; Nairo Quintana time lapse video; Mini-team Sky celebrates

IOC: ‘No presumption of innocence for Russian athletes’

by CyclingTips

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee announced Sunday that Russian athletes competing at the Rio Olympics will not have the usual “presumption of innocence” applied to them. This decision follows calls by many countries to completely ban Russia from competing in the Rio Games, after a scandal of systemic doping cover-ups at the Sochi Games by the Russian federation was revealed earlier this year.

Olympic Games 2012 illustrations

The executive board based its decision in part on the findings of the McLaren Report, commissioned by the World Anti-doping Agency.

“… all Russian athletes seeking entry to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 are considered to be affected by a system subverting and manipulating the anti-doping system. The IP Report indicates that, due to ‘the highly compressed timeline,’ the IP has ‘only skimmed the surface of the extensive data available.’ The IOC EB therefore came to the conclusion that this view cannot be restricted only to athletes from the 20 Olympic summer sports mentioned in the IP Report,” a statement said.

“Russian athletes in any of the 28 Olympic summer sports have to assume the consequences of what amounts to a collective responsibility in order to protect the credibility of the Olympic competitions.”

The announcement also included criteria for how Russian athletes will be allowed entry into Olympic competition.

Click through to read more at the International Olympic Committee