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IOC, Russia at Temporary Impasse Over Alleged Doping Ahead of Olympics

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016 12:14 PM

The International Olympic Committee has delayed its decision on whether or not to ban Russia from the Rio Summer Games on doping allegations just weeks before the opening ceremony.

BBC Sports reported Tuesday that the IOC said it will "explore the legal options" for considering a "collective ban" on all of Russia's competitors. The organization stated that it plans on re-testing all Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

A report charged that the urine samples of Russian competitors were manipulated across the "vast majority" of summer and winter Olympic sports from late 2011 to August 2015, including the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

The IOC said in a statement Tuesday that it received the World Anti-Doping Agency's "Independent Person Report" by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren detailing doping allegations against the Russians.

"The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games," said IOC president Thomas Back. "Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organization implicated."

The IOC now faces its own deadline to make a decision on Russia before the Aug. 5 opening of the Summer Games in Brazil.

McLaren's report focused on the charges made by former Russian anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov. He told The New York Times in May that he hid the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Russian athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics and that he did so under orders from the government and with the help of Russia's intelligence service.

McLaren presented evidence that a Russian government-run doping program was conducted during the Sochi Olympics, and well before and afterward.

In turn, Russia's Investigative Committee last month asked the United States for help in criminal proceedings against Rodchenkov, reported RT.com.

"We have sent a request on legal assistance to the U.S. competent bodies so that they interrogate him on our questions," Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Marki said to Vesti FM radio. "Let's see how they will implement this request."

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