IOC passed buck by not issuing blanket ban: Redmond

Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:49am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

COVENTRY, England (Reuters) - Olympic chiefs were guilty of "passing the buck" when they elected not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes for next month's Rio Games, says former world 4x400 meters relay champion Derek Redmond.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Sunday against issuing a blanket ban despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Games sports, meaning global sporting federations must now choose which Russians can compete in Brazil.

"A lot of people feel the IOC have passed the buck a little bit and they've not stood up to be counted," Redmond told Reuters in an interview while playing at this week's Farmfoods British Par-3 Golf Championship at Nailcote Hall near Coventry.

"There needs to be a stand made, a precedent made, that we are not going to tolerate this. We are sorry there might be some collateral damage but ... Russia have only got themselves to blame."

Redmond took solace from the fact the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has upheld a Rio ban on all Russian track and field competitors except any allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

"It's quite a radical and big decision to make," said the 50-year-old who won gold when Britain's relay team triumphed at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.

"I think it's the right decision, not just purely from a punishment point of view, but from a preventative point of view.

"I'd like to think there aren't other countries practicing this sort of stuff but if they are, when it comes to track and field, it shows the IAAF are not afraid to say 'one out, all out'."   Continued...

A man walks in front of the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters building, which also houses the management of Russian Athletics Federation in Moscow, Russia, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin