IOC's Bach says fresh look needed at Russia's status in 2020

SHOWS: DOHA, QATAR (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. IAAF PRESIDENT SEB COE AND IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH WALK INTO NEWS CONFERENCE

2. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS

3. JOURNALIST AT NEWS CONFERENCE

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SAYING ON LATEST ALLEGATIONS OF DOPING AGAINST RUSSIAN ATHLETES, SAYING:

"We hear there may be a new situation with incidents which obviously happened after Sochi 2014 and which then if proven true are also going beyond their winter sport and the responsibility for the Games. So there has to be a fresh look at this. In the meantime what has also changed are the rules and the regulations since April 2018, such a kind of situation is in the hands of WADA and then CAS, and WADA there is applying a due process, there is now given RUSADA the right to be heard and then they will come up with a decision within WADA and the IOC of course fully respects these new rules and these new procedures. This is why at this moment I cannot speculate or comment on what the result of this procedure by WADA will be."

5. NEWS CONFERENCE ENDS

6. EXTERIORS OF KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM

7. DOHA 2019 SIGN

8. STADIUM SIGN

9. STADIUM

10. TORCH HOTEL AND TOWER

STORY: International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Friday (September 27) that a fresh look might be needed at Russia's participation in next year's Tokyo Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found inconsistencies in data supplied by the country.

WADA said on Monday it had opened compliance proceedings against Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) after examining a vast bank of historical testing data finally handed over in January following a previous suspension.

That meant RUSADA was in danger of being declared non-compliant by WADA, possibly putting increased pressure on the IOC to exclude Russia from the Tokyo Games next year for failing to ensure that its athletes are clean.

Bach said a fresh look was needed at the issue, but that he could not comment further while WADA carries out its investigation.

RUSADA was suspended after a 2015 report commissioned by WADA found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics and the country was barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics the following year.

The suspension was lifted in September 2018.

The conditions for reinstatement included giving access to the data stored at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory and 2,200 samples were handed over in January.

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