The International Olympic Committee ought to get a lot harder on Russia by banning the nation’s Olympic Committee and never simply recommending sanctions, former IOC member Adam Pengilly mentioned on Tuesday.
The Brit, a former Olympic skeleton racer and IOC member from 2010-18 who was the one member to vote towards an IOC choice on Russia over the nation’s doping scandals, mentioned the Olympic ruling physique wanted to take a harder stance.
In 2016 Pengilly had referred to as for a blanket ban of Russia on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over its doping scandal after the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
He voted towards the IOC Executive Board’s advice to go away it as much as federations to clear Russian athletes to compete. Every different IOC member voted in favour.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many sports activities our bodies have moved occasions and suspended Russian groups or athletes from competing whereas sponsors have ended contracts in protest towards the conflict.
The IOC has advisable that occasions in Russia be canceled or relocated and that Russian and Belarusian athletes not participate or compete below a impartial flag.
It has issued no sanctions towards the Russia Olympic Committee and its management or towards the Russian members of the IOC.
“The IOC has recommended that international sport federations take a view of suspending Russian athletes and Russian national federations,” Pengilly, additionally a former board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, instructed Reuters in an interview.
“Yet, the IOC have not suspended the Russian Olympic Committee. So on one hand, they’re telling others to do it. But at the same time, they’re not doing it themselves.
“Some might describe that as hypocritical. At least they’ve prompted others to do so but I think they should take a leaf out of their own book and do the same with the Russian Olympic Committee.”
The IOC has said its recommendations are aimed at ensuring the fairness, safety and integrity of competitions under difficult circumstances.
“This clear exposure of the Russian government and its members as being responsible also recognizes that this war has not been started by the Russian people, Russian athletes or Russian sports organisations,” IOC President Thomas Bach mentioned in an open letter final week.
The IOC regularly sanctions or threatens with sanctions national Olympic committees for issues such as government interference or legislation changes that could affect the autonomy of sport, as in recent cases involving India and Kuwait.
It also sanctioned the Belarus Olympic Committee leadership in 2020 following widespread protests in the country.
The Russian Olympic Committee and its leadership, past or present, however, have not been sanctioned at any time during the years-long doping scandal during which Russia tarnished six consecutive Olympics since 2012.
“I do imagine Russia has quite a lot of affect and energy inside worldwide sport, and maybe notably the IOC,” Pengilly mentioned.
“So there’s a reluctance. Russia hosts a lot of events. It sponsors a lot of events, and they’re obviously a successful nation in a lot of sports and so they wield a lot of power and a lot of influence.”
“That’s perhaps the obvious reason why sporting bodies and in particular, the IOC have been reluctant to sanction in the recent past,” he added.