The IOC has hit Russia, and Kenya hard. In a statement from the IOC today Athletes from Kenya and Russia, in all sports, will only be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics if they have passed an "individual evaluation" to prove they have not been doping. Also athletes from countries deemed 'non-compliant' with anti-doping rules will have to be declared eligible by their sport's international federation. IOC resolutions however clear the way for Russian athletes deemed clean by the IAAF to compete in Rio.
The IOC also agreed to fully respect" the IAAF's decision to uphold the ban
Wonder if IOC will also apply the same restrictions to other major nations so as no to be biased, if not discriminatory. Back pointed out that the situation in Kenya and Russia, however, is very different. He said that "In Kenya, there were administrative issues that are about to be resolved," he said. On top of this we've had in the last couple of months a lack of funding and - I hope I quote the president of the IAAF (Lord Coe) accurately here - an absence of national testing. "So Kenya is considered to be a country where the non-compliance affects the doping controls. It is a lack of funding and attention, and and in Russia, you have serious allegations about the manipulation of the anti-doping system.”
These alarming steps were unanimously agreed at an emergency summit convened by the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne. Thomas Bach said athletes from those countries could no longer be "presumed innocent".