Valerie Fornaretto: Eric Gaillard / Reuters
The suspension of Russian athletes from the Olympic games in 2018 in Pyeongchang is not due to the fact that they were convicted of using banned substances. The Chairman of the independent authority of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Valerie Fourneyron said in an interview with “Sport-Express”.
“Inclusion on the list does not necessarily mean that an athlete violated anti-doping rules,” said Fourneyron.
According to the functionary, the IOC wanted to make sure that all the Russian sportsmen on the Olympic games-2018 will be “clean”. “By carefully studying all the circumstances, we wanted to have absolute confidence that anyone who will be invited, there is not the slightest doubt or suspicion,” she added.
Fourneyron noted that in respect of athletes not included in the invitee list further can be open anti-doping investigation.
On 23 January, IOC refused to admit to the Olympics in 2018 biathlete Anton Shipulin, short-tremist Viktor Ahn, skier Sergey Ustyugov, as well as a number of Russian skaters and hockey players. According to “Soviet sport”, the reason was the presence of the athletes in the Moscow anti-doping laboratory headed by Grigory Rodchenkov.
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