Dan Roan writes that part of the fallout from this move will be that WADA will no longer trusted after it effectively left Russia "off the hook."
In addition to Liliya Shobukhova, five other Russian athletes were blackmailed by the IAAF to cover-up doping with huge sums of money getting shifted around behind the scenes by IAAF officials. Apparently Shobukhova dropping out of the 2012 Olympics was planned in advance so she didn't have to get a medal revoked.
*AP: "Emails Show 'Total Protection' Cover-Up Shielded Russian Cheats"
*Athletics Weekly article
*TASS: Former Russian Athletics Head Valentin Balakhnichev Denies Colluding With The IAAF
*2015 WADA Statistics Show Track, Cycling And Soccer Were The Most Tested Sports Weightlifting was the summer sport that had the highest percentage of positive doping tests.
*Mexico City Anti-Doping Lab Becomes Sixth To Be Suspended By WADA
While some of the TUEs are 100% innocent, others are more in the grey area and have "stirred a debate about whether athletes are pushing the moral boundaries while honouring the legal ones."
Farah says he's only ever had one TUE (a drop when he collapsed in Park City, Utah in 2014) although he revealed he uses an inhaler for asthma which he was prescribed in 2009 and swapped to a different one after moving to Alberto Salazar.
A long read that provides an interesting analysis of the power struggle and sports politics between the IOC, WADA, USADA and more.
The biggest proposition is to forbid anti-doping officials from holding simultaneous roles with the IOC or other sports organizations to prevent conflict of interests like exists with WADA head and IOC member Craig Reedie. *BBC article
Remember that the Stepanovs have been living in the US in an undisclosed location because they feared for their safety in Russia.
WADA clearly messed up in the past, but at least they, unlike the IOC, wanted to make the right call now.
Bach: “The result is death and devastation. This is not what the Olympic movement stands for."
*In A "Motion Of Confidence" In The IOC Executive Board's Russian Ban Decision, 84 Of 85 IOC Members Back Thomas Bach The one who voted against was GB's Athlete Commission member Adam Pengilly while Dick Pound disappointing was in the "for" group although he was critical of Bach.
*NY Times article
*WADA President Craig Reedie Defends Release Of McLaren Report Saying They Acted "Without Delay" A scary quote though is where Reedie admits "it was only when CBS 60 Minutes and the New York Times" published their reports that WADA could investigate. Once again, without the media, none of this would have happened.
*NY Times: "Rare Show Of Discord Between IOC And WADA Over Russian Doping Scandal"
*WADA Cancels Its Traditional Pre-Olympic Press Conference
*Thomas Bach Defends Handling Of Russian Crisis At Low-Key IOC Opening Session Bach had the audacity to emphasize that "the Russian side has not been heard yet."
*Thomas Bach Claims He's Had No Contact With Vladimir Putin Over Russian Doping Scandal
*The Telegraph: Rio Olympics Plunged Into Chaos As IOC Final Ruling On Certain Athletes Might Not Be Made Until Hours Before Friday's Opening Ceremony
Ingle writes that many willl "sneer at the IOC's pledge of 'zero tolerance'" after failing to ban Russia.
The article says the venue looked "like a high school stadium." World 110H champ Sergey Shubenkov and Olympic HJ champ Ivan Ukhov were among those who competed, everyone wearing bibs that said, "I run/jump/throw clean".
*Richard McLaren Says He's Received A "Deluge Of Requests" For Information On Individual Atheltes Since His WADA Report Good news is McLaren's mandate has been extended so he can finish the investigation.
*Russia's Entire Weightlifting Team Banned From Rio Over "Extremely Shocking" Anti-Doping Record Russia will appeal to CAS over the decision.
*Asics Say They Will Stop Sponsoring Russian Wrestling If There Are "Any Further Allegations Of Doping" There haven't been enough already?
*Two Russian Swimmers Become First To File Appeals With CAS Over Rio Ban
*Russian Ping Pong Players Get A Pass To Rio
*Three Person IOC Executive Board Panel Will Make Final Decisions On Russian Athletes Competing In Rio Basically just a formality to review the athletes already approved by their individual sport federation.
*Doping Scandals Causing Tension Between IOC, WADA And Others
Harting goes on to say he is "ashamed" of Bach and feels officials have failed the athletes. Bach called Harting's criticisms "unacceptable" and blamed WADA for not investigating Yulia Stepanova's claims back in 2010.
*IOC Russian Decision Has Opened Sport Federations Up To A Mess Of Potential Legal Battles Some sports are afraid to even ban athletes named in the Richard McLaren report out of fears of lawsuits.
*Number Of Russians Banned From Rio Passes 100 Mark That includes the 68 track athletes. *2nd article
*Seb Coe Writes Column In The Telegraph: "Officials Must Pull Together In Months After Rio To Create A Level Playing Field"
*Greg Rutherford Says He Wished They Banned All Past Dopers From Rio, Not Just Russians Rutherford also talks about being the LJ favorite and freezing his sperm over Zika fears.
*Swimming Federation President Thinks WADA "Exceeded Their Power" When Compiling The McLaren Report Considering the IOC has shown it doesn't have the guts to do what "has to be done", we're glad it was WADA.
*Indian Shot Put Champion Inderjeet Singh Blames Positive Doping Test On "Conspiracy" Against Him Singh says he's been targeted because he's been speaking out against the politics in Indian sports.
Olivier Niggli: “The approach taken and the criteria set forward [by the IOC] will inevitably lead to a lack of harmonization, potential challenges and lesser protection for clean athletes."
*Good Read: Greg Rutherford Calls IOC Decision "Spineless" Rutherford ripped the IOC while Paula Radcliffe called it "A sad day for Clean Sport."
*Irish Independent: "The White Flag Of Capitulation Flies Over Olympic Body"
*Good Read: NY Times: Russia Decision Muddies Legacy Of IOC President Thomas Bach "Bach could have set a strong example for nations who dare to cheat on the playing field as boldly and as defiantly as Russia did. But he failed, and in so many ways, too. As a leader. As a voice for clean sports and clean athletes. As someone expected to keep his word. Is this the same Thomas Bach who — within just the last year — preached that the I.O.C. has 'zero tolerance' when it comes to 'doping and any kind of manipulation and corruption'?"
*The Guardian's Owen Gibson: "IOC Chooses Obfuscation And Chaos" "The IOC could have made a powerful stand by banning the Russian team from Rio 2016 for its state-sponsored doping programme but instead fudged the issue."
*Russia Greets IOC Decision With Relief And Jubilation Russian modern pentathlete Alexander Lesun: "Thank God the grown-ups at the IOC made this decision and didn’t collapse under pressure from the newspapers and everyone else."
*NY Times: "Who's Really In The Fight Against Doping?" ... Apparently not the IOC.
*Russia Celebrates Its Rio Reprieve Comments from sports minister Vitaly Mutko.
*The Telegraph: "Olympics Authorities Are Teaching Vladimir Putin He Can Get Away With Anything"
*Audio: IOC President Thomas Bach: "They deserve chance to rebut allegations"
*USADA Head Rips Decision As IOC Board Member Claims Sport Federations Will "Pull Out All The Stops" In Assessing Russian Athletes
*Seb Coe Says IAAF Willing To Offer Advice To Sports Federations Making Decision On Russia LRC has some advice too: "Ban 'em."
*USA Today: IOC Decision A Copout *2nd article
*Toni Reavis: "No Ban, No Justice ... The IOC took the cowards way out"
*Alan Abramson: "An Imperfect Compromise: IOC Mostly Gets It Right"
Paralympic samples were among those tampered with in Sochi 2014.
*Yelena Isinbayeva Bemoans "Ruined" Chances Of Becoming IOC Member She is one of 23 candidates running for election to the IOC Athletes' Commission, but won't be in Brazil for the voting.
*Isinbayeva Says She And Her Coach Expected Her To Clear A 5.10m WR To Win Gold In Rio
*Good Read: Retired British Sprinter Jeanette Kwakye Says She Doesn't "Feel Sorry" For The Banned Russians, She "Pitties All Those Competitors Who Were Cheated Out Of Success"
*Russian Olympic Committee President Invited To Tomorrow's IOC Meeting To Decide On Russia Olympic Ban
*Former Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev Makes Personal Plea To IOC President Thomas Bach Not To Ban Russia
*WADA "Will Find The Money" For Richard McLaren's Investigation To Continue Director General Oliver Nigglie also admitted that the bottles used in Rio will be very similar to the ones tampered with at Sochi 2014.
The latest report by Richard McLaren found “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the Russian government ran a widespread doping system for years in multiple summer and winter Olympic sports with hundreds of elites positive doping results covered-up, some with help from the FSB (successor of the KGB). *Full WADA Statement
*Here Are The Key Points From Richard McLaren's Russian Doping Report A rundown of the most important info that came out of the 97-page report.
*Full 97-Page Report By Richard McLaren
*CAS Hearing For Russian Track Athletes Is Today With Verdict Expect Thursday
*IOC Promises "The Toughest Sanctions Available"; Will Have A Telephone Conference Today Will they have the guts to ban Russia? Will Thomas Bach go against his long-time friend Putin?
*Russian President Vladimir Putin Issues Statement Putin called the WADA report “a dangerous relapse of politics’ interference into sports."
*Putin Says Olympic Movement On "Verge Of Splitting" As Of Results Of McLaren Report So Russia and not-Russia?
*WADA Calls For Russians In Rio Only As An "Exceptional Entry" With "Strict Criteria" And Under A Neutral Flag WADA also wants Russian government officials denied access to international compeitions including Rio.
*The Guardian: Five Things We Learned From WADA's Report Russian doping cover-ups go back to at least 2010 when Russia sought to improve on their "abysmal" Winter Games medal tally. 577 athlete profiles were cover-up including 139 from track and field. *The Telegraph *BBC
*The Telegraph's Olvier Brown: "Russia committed the ultimate crime, and now they must face the ultimate punishment"
*IAAF Statement The IAAF will seek further info on the 139 track cases mentioned in the report.
*McLaren Says Russia Used A "Disappearing Positive Methodology"
McLaren has confirmed there were Russian state sponsored doping cover-ups.