From Inside the Games

Canada’s Richard Pound has questioned the intentions of two International Olympic Committee (IOC) investigations into Russian doping amid another fierce attack on their “outrageous” decisions over recent months.

Pound has already expressed doubt that next month’s IOC-led Olympic Summit in Lausanne will be able to address problems linked to anti-doping.

He has now claimed the IOC have “dug themselves into a hole” by refusing to give Russia a blanket ban from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last month following allegations of state-sponsored doping – but not yet stopped digging.

In particular, the founding World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President has criticised the decision not to permit whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova from appearing at Rio 2016 due to her supposedly not satisfying “ethical requirements”.

“This was outrageous,” Pound told insidethegames.

“It has done more to discourage whistleblowers from coming forward than anything else I can imagine.

“It was incomprehensible – there was no ethical issue at all.”

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