IOC Backs IAAF Ban On Russia.

The IOC threw its support behind the decision to ban Russia’s track-and-field team from the Rio Olympics and said Saturday it plans to “further far-reaching measures” to crack down on doping ahead of the Games.

Image: The International Olympic Committee meeting held between 1-3 June, 2016.

The International Olympic Committee said it “welcomes and supports” and “fully respects” Friday’s ruling by track and field’s world governing body to maintain its ban on Russia because of widespread doping.

The IOC, which has ultimate authority over the Olympics, also noted that the IAAF has control over which track and field athletes are eligible to compete at the Games.

“The eligibility of athletes in any international competition including the Olympic Games is a matter for the respective international federation,” the IOC said. 

That was exactly what IAAF president Sebastian Coe said on Friday after the IAAF Council voted unanimously to retain the ban on Russia competing in any athletics events.

Rune Andersen, who heads the IAAF task force overseeing Russia’s attempts to reform, said on Friday that a “deep-seated culture of tolerance, or worse, appears not to be materially changed”.

“No athlete will compete in Rio under a Russian flag,” he said.

Image: IAAF Meeting (17 June, 2016).