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Get the IOC to have whistleblower Y. Stepanova lead the parade of nations at the Olympics

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We are asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to overturn its recent decision to ban whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Not only should Stepanova be in the Olympics, but we are calling on the IOC to have her to lead the Parade of Nations and carry the Olympic flag into the stadium. Without Stepanova's brave decision to risk her life to secretly record Russian anti-doping violations, one of sport's biggest scandals may have never been uncovered. She has done more for clean sport than any athlete we can think of.

As flagbearer, we feel that Stepanova should be presented to Russia, the Olympic movement and the world as a role model to be emulated. Yes, in the past, like all of us, she made a mistake, but she has more than made up for it. Stepanova did commit a doping offense but she served her ban and risked her life by coming forward with information on the systematic doping in Russia. The IOC Ethics Commission should be ashamed for implying that Stepanova's whistleblowing is any less brave because she participated in the state-run doping program in Russia.

We also encourage the IOC to create a whistleblower fund and to contribute to the fund set up for the Stepanovs (if you want to support the Stepanov family, which has been forced to relocate out of Russia, you can do so here). Athletes need to have an incentive to come clean about doping in our sport, and now there is little incentive to do so.

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