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by Mark Zalewski
July 29, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cort wins uphill sprint in Tour of Denmark, stage 2; Mestre wins sprint on stage 1 of Vuelta a Portugal; Mareczko adds second stage win at Tour of Qinghai Lake; Rio Olympics: UCI pursuing 3 possible Russian doping cases but will allow 11 others to compete; Brian Cookson Interview: Team size revision, Tour anti-doping, disc-brake ban and more; Reengineering the Tour de France; Pro cyclist group pushes back against WorldTour reforms; Questions raised over Wiggins’ charity; Sources: Roche to BMC; Rio athletes could face troubles with unofficial sponsors; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 9 highlights; Best of on-board cameras with Team Sky; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 5
The UCI has decided to go with the IOC rather that WADA in relation to permitting Russian riders to compete in the Olympic Games, shying away from the blanket ban that the latter advocated earlier this month. On July 18 WADA commented on the independent McLaren investigation which looked into claims of widespread doping by Russian sportspeople and complicity by the country’s government and sporting federations.
WADA said that Russian athletes had cheated in at least 30 sports, including cycling, and advocated banning the country from Rio 2016. This stance was echoed by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, who also said that the athletes should not be permitted to compete in the Games.
“The McLaren Report has concluded, beyond a reasonable doubt, a mind-blowing level of corruption within both Russian sport and government,” he said. “We must come together as an international community – comprised of those who truly believe in the spirit of Olympism – to ensure this unprecedented level of criminality never again threatens the sports we cherish.”
However the IOC failed to take the same line, saying that a blanket ban across all sports was not justified. It said that each international sporting federation should make its own call on the matter.
The UCI has now done that, and said that almost a dozen Russians will be given a green light to compete in Rio. Six others look set to miss the Games.
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