IOC president Thomas Bach expects Russia to compete at Rio Olympics, The Guardian

Baku, November 11, AZERTAC

The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, expects Russia will comply with doping regulations in time for its athletes to compete at next year’s Rio Games despite calls for the country to be banned amid allegations of state-backed cheating, according to The Guardian.

An independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended Russia’s athletics federation be banned from the sport following allegations of widespread corruption and collusion by Russian officials, which include covering up positive drug tests.

The IOC said it wanted disciplinary procedures to be opened and warned that any competitors, coaches or officials mentioned in the Wada report who were proved to have violated doping regulations would be punished and stripped of medals.

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