Emil Hegle, Swingerphoto: Matthias Balk / DPA / Globallookpress.com
Norwegian biathlete Emil Hegle Svendsen shamed the international Olympic Committee (IOC) over the suspension of Russian athletes from the Games in Pyeongchang without sufficient evidence of their guilt. His words on Friday, February 2, leads NRK.
“It’s a small chaos. The IOC should be ashamed, because they did not have enough evidence to remove Russia. IOC, pushing away the athletes had to provide facts that are hard to find. Maybe athletes have done something bad, but you need to have convincing evidence in order to punish them,” said Svendsen.
The Norwegian noted that the report of the independent Commission of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) under the leadership of Richard McLaren, though contained circumstantial evidence, but did not give evidence against the Russians. In addition, he questioned the veracity of the words of the informant WADA Gregory Rodchenkov. “I don’t understand why everyone believed his words. The IOC should be more evidence to suspend athletes than the testimony of a person,” — said biathlete.
McLaren started the investigation in the spring of 2016 after the statement fled to the United States the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Rodchenkova, accusing the Russian winners and medalists of the Sochi Olympics doping. A report was presented in two parts, confirming the testimony Rodchenkova. The IOC conducted its own investigation and suspended for life 43 athletes from Russia from the Olympics. 1 Feb Sports arbitration court took the side of a number of Russians and annulled the decision of the IOC.
In the Olympics 2018 will participate only Russian athletes, passing all the admission criteria of the IOC. They will compete under the Olympic flag and the special status of “Olympic athlete from Russia.”
32-year-old Svendsen — four-time Olympic champion, 12-time world champion. The games in Pyeongchang would be his fourth in his career.
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