The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has hinted its opposition to a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing at Rio 2016 after they stressed the need for “individual justice” following the release of the damning McLaren Report yesterday.
The umbrella organisation also insisted, however, that they would respect the stances of all their 28 members “including those that take into account collective responsibility of organisations under the International Federations (IF) governance”.
ASOIF have urged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to provide “all the detailed information” to the 20 of the 28 sports on the Olympic programme which were implicated in the swapping of samples to conceal positive tests - dubbed “Disappearing Positives” by McLaren - including ones not normally linked with doping like sailing, taekwondo and table tennis.
The body has implored WADA to act quickly “so that they may begin processing the individual cases under their own separate rules and regulations as soon as possible and in line with the WADA Code and the Olympic Charter”.
WADA yesterday called for Russia to be banned from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games until the nation has achieved a "culture change".
They asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee to consider declining entries "for Rio 2016 of all athletes submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee".
“ASOIF has received the McLaren Report and recognises the gravity and extent of the doping activities in Russia, noting that 20 of its 28 member International Federations have Russian athletes who are implicated by its findings,” an ASOIF statement read.
“WADA and Richard McLaren are to be congratulated on the thorough work undertaken to date, particularly in the relatively short time that has been available to the independent inquiry.
“We urge WADA to make all resources available in order to complete the inquiry as a priority.
“It is important to focus on the need for individual justice in all these cases and ASOIF endorses all IF decisions, including those that take into account collective responsibility of organisations under the IFs' governance.
“ASOIF fully supports a policy of zero tolerance in bringing all individuals linked to anti-doping violations to justice.”
The statement is in line with the views of the IOC, whose President Thomas Bach has often stressed the need to find the right balance between “collective responsibility” and “individual justice” when dealing with a potential wholesale Russian ban.
The IOC Executive Board is conducting an emergency meeting today to "take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016".
Several IFs have issued statements detailing their reaction to the report, which confirmed and elaborated on the allegations of former Moscow Laboratory chief Grigory Rodchenkov.
It revealed a state-sponsored doping scheme, “directed and controlled” by the Sports Ministry, was in place at Sochi 2014 and other major events beforehand, including the 2013 World Athletics Championships and last year’s World Swimming Championships.
In a statement sent to insidethegames, International Table Tennis Federation President Thomas Weikert believes Russian athletes should be able to participate at Rio 2016 after his sport was surprisingly named as one of those where “Disappearing Positives” had been found concerning competitors from the country.
"We agree with WADA that some drastic measures need to be in place to deter doping in sports and we will take into consideration the IOC’s statement and recommendation," he said.
"However, I believe that the clean athletes should not be punished and should be allowed to compete in Rio.”
The International Volleyball Federation have confirmed their opposition to a total ban on the nation from next month’s Olympic Games.
They claim all Russian volleyball players should be allowed to compete as they have been tested outside of the scandal-hit country.
The International Gymnastics Federation has also dismissed the idea of a wholesale suspension on Russia, declaring that they “feel that not all Russian athletes of all sports should be banned and found guilty for actions in other sports and federations”.
Gymnastics was not among the 30 sports to have been implicated.
World Sailing have claimed they have not been made aware of “any positive tests for Russian athletes as classified in the McLaren Report as "Disappearing Positive Test Results”.
The world governing body added they would review the accusations made in the report “as a matter of priority”.
A statement from the World Rowing Federation (FISA) said they had "seriously noted" the implication of their sport while requesting evidence from WADA.
"FISA has also immediately started to consider possible outcomes from the allegation sof the McLaren report and the potential impact on the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games regattas," the organisation said.
The International Basketball Federation seemingly ruled out any action being taken as a result of the report as only one “Disappearing Positive” was found in their sport but they would “carefully review” the findings.
“It is noteworthy that event or match results of a basketball team may be disqualified by FIBA only if more than one players of that team have committed an Anti-Doping rule violation,” FIBA said in a statement sent to insidethegames.
Russia has already been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) due to doping exposed last year.
An appeal will be heard at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport with a verdict set to be reached by Thursday (July 21).