The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to take action against the athletes who were found have failed performance enhancing drugs tests during the previous Olympic Games.
This after the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (Wada) Independent Commission released the findings of a 10-month long investigation into allegations of widespread, institutional doping, corruption and cover-ups in a WADA-accredited Moscow Laboratory, the Russian National Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and the Russian Ministry of Sport.
The laboratory has since stopped operating after it was declared non-compliant by WADA, and it was also suggested that the IAAF should make the same declaration with regards to ARAF.
Now, the IOC has weighed in on the matter and stated that all athletes found guilty will be stripped of their medals.
“The IOC has asked the IAAF to initiate disciplinary procedures against all athletes, coaches and officials who have participated in the Olympic Games and are accused of doping in the report of the Independent Commission,” the Committee said in a statement.
“With its zero-tolerance policy against doping, following the conclusion of this procedure, the IOC will take all the necessary measures and sanctions with regard to the withdrawal and reallocation of medals and as the case may be exclusion of coaches and officials from future Olympic Games.”
The investigation was launched in December 2014 after a documentary and news reports claimed to have uncovered evidence of widespread doping.