Olympic committee vows to ban cheaters

  • 11/11/2015
Runners Russian doping (3 News)
Runners Russian doping (3 News)

Russian track and field athletes could be banned from the 2016 Olympics after an independent report detailed a state-sponsored doping program.

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, joined Paul Henry to discuss the issue.

He says the IOC is still waiting on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to present the findings of the inquiries into the Russian doping claims.

"The IOC has confirmed its zero-tolerance policy. We have made it clear that we will, once we get the relevant information from the IAAF, reallocate medals with regard to Russian athletes," Mr Bach said.

He told Paul Henry that the organisation will implement deterrent bans which range from four years to lifetime bans.

"If officials and coaches are involved they will be banned from future games."

He says it must not be forgotten the work that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and clean countries like New Zealand are doing to help keep drugs out of sport.

The facts of the scandal:

- The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency acknowledged there is a problem but insisted his country is moving forward to address it.

- A Kremlin spokesperson has dismissed the claims, calling them groundless and unsupported by evidence.

- UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner says Russia is not the only country with systemic doping problems, there's five or six others with similar programmes.

- WADA has recommended Russia be banned from athletics competition, and five coaches and five athletes receive lifetime bans.

- In 2012 Russia won 24 gold medals, 25 silver, and 32 bronze, coming fourth overall on the medal table.