The International Olympic Committee Executive Board (IOC EB) has finally decided that clean Russian Athletes, who have not been accused of Drug Offences and who have not served a period of suspension, can participate at the RIO Olympic Games !
The relevant National Olympic Committees (NOC) are responsible to ensure that all athletes they send are clean. Any suspected Athletes will be rigorously tested in RIO.
The IOC EB was forced to take this interim decision now, due to a lack of time before the RIO Olympics start on August 5, 2016. A final decision will be taken after all the Reports on Doping in Sport have been completed and studied ! The next IOC EB meeting will be held in December 2016.
Due to the serious and flagrant drug abuses in Russia, identified in Professor McLaren's Report, the general media impression was that Russia must be excluded from these Olympic Games, to serve as an example !
This would probably have caused Financial losses, but the IOC has deftly averted them for RIO ! At the same time the ultimate deterrent, to prevent future Drug Abuse in Sport was sacrificed ! This is very regrettable !
The IAAF and WADA, who have worked so hard to control Cheats in Sport, must now ensure that future Olympic Games adopt and apply one universal set of Drug Abuse Rules in Sport !