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IOC condemns athletes’ disrespectful attitude towards Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova

On July 24, International Olympic Committee decided against imposing a blanket ban on all Russian athletes.

By: IANS | Rio De Janeiro |
August 13, 2016 4:51:40 pm
2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Women's 200m Breaststroke Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Yulia Efimova (RUS) of Russia celebrates with her silver medal.   REUTERS/Michael Dalde FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. The Russian national team has so far passed 300 doping tests during the ongoing Rio Olympics, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said. (Source: Reuters)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has condemned athletes for the disrespectful attitude to each other during the Olympics, including towards Russian four-time world swimming champion Yulia Efimova, IOC’s communications director Mark Adams has said.

“This is unacceptable, we would like to remind all participants of the Games about the Olympic values. Even after the event they still meet together, spend free time together, having dinner together, he said on Friday, reports Tass.

“We believe that build bridges, not erect walls, but for many reasons, athletes are unable to shake hands with each other, it is shameful and unacceptable,” he said.

‘Russian athletes pass 300 doping tests during Rio Olympics’

The Russian national team has so far passed 300 doping tests during the ongoing Rio Olympics, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said.

In July, an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren presented a report based on its investigations, in which Russia was accused of running a statewide doping programme. It urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider a blanket ban on the entire Russian team, reports Sputnik.

“Just now I was told that 300 samples from our athletes have already been taken (during the doping tests at Rio Olympics)… But still we manage to perform successfully despite these obstacles,” Mutko told reporters on Friday.

On July 24, IOC decided against imposing a blanket ban on all Russian athletes.

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