By: Elena Grace Flores
British International Olympic Committee member Adam Pengilly recommended Russia to be banned from Rio 2016. Adam is the 38 year old two-time Olympian who believes that Russia should be punished over its doping crisis which is still ongoing. They committed heinous crimes to resort on those illegal measures to win. Although Adam conceded as one of four British IOC members, it was in a reluctant manner because he also do not want to infiltrate the clean Russian athletes. So to be fair, Russia should be barred from joining the Olympics before they can clean up their team members. His bravery in raising the doping problem was noted since 2013 and that made him credible in speaking about what to do with it.
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Russia could face a blanket ban after a damning report compiled by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren claimed it operated a state-sponsored doping programme from 2011 to 2015.
The IOC is exploring “legal options” before deciding whether to implement “a collective ban” on all Russian competitors for the global showpiece, which starts on 5 August. A decision by its executive board could come on Sunday. “The Russian doping system has meant there are many more athletes around the world that have suffered in the past and will continue to suffer in the future if we don’t do everything we can to get rid of the scourge of doping,” said Pengilly. Russia will find out in August if it is to be banned from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has “opened suspension proceedings” following the publication of the McLaren report earlier this week. “Clean athletes, the Olympic Games and the wider Olympic movement have been mocked,” Pengilly said. “However, Russia is an important sporting nation – we want and need them fully involved in the future, but only when they can do it cleanly. “Therefore, I firmly believe that we should offer support and assistance to the Russian Federation so they can escape from this ugly culture and cycle. “This support should be on how to change culture and create effective sporting programmes to win cleanly, which I still believe is absolutely possible, as well as support to establish an effective anti-doping programme.”
It added: ‘Collective punishment unacceptable’ Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev said he was “saddened” by the “unacceptable” prospect of a total ban on Russian competitors. Gorbachev, the last General Secretary of the Soviet Union, has written an open letter to the IOC. In it, he said: “I support the fight against prohibited substances in sport. It is evil that must be eradicated. Those athletes who are proven to have doped should be banned from competitions. “I am deeply worried by the fact there also were Russian citizens among officials and athletes who used doping and falsification for the sake of ‘victory at any price’. “At the same time, I am concerned and deeply saddened by the possibility that in case all Russian athletes are banned from competing in the Olympic Games, the innocent will be punished together with the guilty. “The principle of collective punishment is unacceptable for me. I am convinced that it contradicts the very culture of the Olympic movement based on universal values, humanism and principles of law.”