CBC Interviews Mark Johnson: Should Russia be banned from the Olympics following McLaren doping report?

An independent report revealing an extensive Russian state-sponsored doping program between late 2011 and Aug. 2015 found at least 312 instances where drug test results were falsified across a total of 28 Olympic sports. The report was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The coverup is thought to go as high up as the Russian deputy minister of sports, who has so far denied any involvement and has now been suspended.

Dick Pound, founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a two-time IOC vice-president, tells The Current‘s Laura Lynch he was impressed how thorough the report was but wasn’t surprised. Pound feels moving forward it’s important the IOC send a clear message. “I think, you know if you have a mantra that drug-free sport zero tolerance for doping, you’ve got to be careful you don’t turn that into zero tolerance for doping unless of course it’s Russia.”

Sports journalist Mark Johnson says banning Russian athletes to participate in the Olympics “would work potentially as a deterrent to entire nations.”

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