LAUSANNE (SUI): IOC President Thomas Bach released a statement after his meeting with ROC President Alexander Zhukov. “We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organisations, WADA and the IAAF, will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games”.
LONDON (GBR): BBC informs that IAAF president Lord Coe said "the message could not be stronger" after Russia's athletics federation is provisionally suspended from international competition – including the Olympic Games – for its alleged involvement in widespread doping. "Entirely up to Russian Federation and the speed we can inact change," he said about the option of Russian athletes to compete at the Rio Games. "Our verification team will be tough," he added among other for BBC.
MONTREAL (CAN): “WADA welcomes the IAAF's decision to declare the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) non-compliant and provisionally suspend the federation; this was one of the core recommendations in the WADA Independent Commission's Report. “The decision is positive news for clean athletes worldwide.”