Canadian athletes react to IOC's decision not to ban Russia for Rio 2016

Jul 25 2016, 12:42 am

The International Olympic Committee has decided not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio 2016 Games, it was announced on Sunday. The decision, which comes with just 12 days before the Opening Ceremony, was made despite evidence of systemic state-sanctioned doping.

The IOC has passed the responsibility to the individual sports governing bodies, allowing them to ban Russia, just as the IAAF has done for Russia’s track and field athletes.

The IOC did decide to not allow any Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping, even if he/she has already served the sanction.

With this news, many prominent current and former Canadian athletes took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.

The world, Russia included, will descend upon Rio de Janeiro for the Opening Ceremonies on August 5th.

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