Under the headline, “Please ban Russia from the Rio Games”, The Times newspaper today publishes a letter an the signatures of a wave of leading lights from the sports world calling for the IOC to impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games without ‘half-measures’. Alongside the article explaining the views of leading figures in sport is the letter to the IOC signed by a host British Olympic champions and medallists, other Olympic medallists and athletes from around the world as well as politicians and leading figures from various strands of the sporting world. Leading swimmers are joined by the World, American, Australian and Canadian swimming coaches associations, all adding their weight to the plea for the International Olympic Committee to make a stand on Russia’s “flagrant abuse of the anti-doping system”.
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