Bach: Russia has a way forward

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has backed Russia to resolve its doping problems in time to participate in next year's Rio Olympics.

Following the release of a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report alleged "state-sponsored doping" in the country, Russia was provisionally suspended from world athletics.

After meeting with his Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) counterpart Alexander Zhukov, Bach said he had confidence in the measures put forth by the ROC.

"We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organisations – Wada and the IAAF – will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games," said Bach.

The ROC has vowed to punish all athletes, officials and coaches implicated in doping in accordance with international anti-doping regulations.

"The Russian Olympic Committee is determined that clean athletes should compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro," said Zhukov.

"Anyone found guilty of using illegal drugs or anyone who facilitated or was complicit in their use must be punished."

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