President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach is adamant the body made the correct decision in not imposing a blanket ban on Russian athletes at Rio 2016 and has called for a “full review” of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA).
The IOC has come under severe criticism in some quarters for its perceived failure to take a strong stance following revelations of state-sponsored performance-enhancing drug use, which have tainted the results of Russian athletes at numerous events and competitions.
Rather than prevent all Russian competitors from attending this month’s Games, it was left up to each international sport federation to make a decision, a controversial move that IOC president Bach has again insisted was correct.
Bach said a blanket ban, which he called the “nuclear option” at the Olympic summit on Tuesday, would have brought “death and devastation”.
The IOC has faced criticism over its decision not to enforce the Wada-recommended blanket ban, but Bach said the IOC decision sent out a “positive message” to clean athletes.
“If you are clean you can be successful and rewarded,” he said.
“The IOC is calling for a more robust and efficient anti-doping system.