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IOC, WADA pleased with IAAF's decision on Russia, releases joint statement

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 11:56 AM
In this February 7, 2014 file photo the Russian and the Olympic flags wave during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The chairs of the IOC Athlete Commission and the WADA Athlete Committee have released a joint statement about the IAAF's decision on Russia, saying they "commend and support" the move.

IOC athlete chair Claudia Bokel and WADA athlete chair Beckie Scott say they will "hold this decision as symbolic that the voices of the clean athletes have been heard."

"We recognise that this decision is only one step in the process of ensuring that the Rio Olympic Games will have a level playing field," Bokel and Scott said. "But, we are heartened to see that the facts as presented by WADA and the IAAF task force have been considered thoroughly, and that the evidence has lead the IAAF to make decisions based on integrity - maintaining clean sport as a central policy."

They added that they speak for athletes globally who want to ensure that the Olympics remain a place where politics does not trump principle.