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impose a blanket ban on Russians
Posted 1:45 am, 12/28/2018
European distance runner champion Jo Pavey feels the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are sending the wrong message by not blanket banning all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. [url= http://www.officialflamesfa...ey/]Miikka Kiprusoff Jersey[/url] . The IOC confirmed on Sunday they have opted not to impose a blanket ban on Russians competing in Rio de Janeiro next month.It will now be down to individual sports federations to decide if their Russian members can go to Rio, although the IOC board has provided a list of criteria that must be met between now and the start of the Games on August 5. Pavey has joined fellow GB athlete Greg Rutherford in slamming the IOC for their decision, and she feels that not blanket banning Russian athletes goes against the spirit of the Olympics.Obviously track and field athletes remain banned but the McLaren report, which really looked into state-sponsored doping, showed that it went across all sports, she told Sky Sports News HQ.Really it doesnt send out the right message and I feel like many times Ive had my career ruined by cheats in sport.Decisions such as this really go against the whole spirit about what the Olympic games should be about and its not really standing up for the interests of clean athletes. 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