IOC to Enact Anti-Doping Reform
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The Russian doping scandal and the suspension of the Russian national team from the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang showed the scale of the doping usage problem in elite sports.
At the same time, the current situation testifies to the deep system crisis and inefficiency of sports bureaucratic authorities. Actions taken by the IOC and WADA threaten the existence of the whole Olympic movement as the mechanism of international integration that unites nations and makes the World better. The sports officials set a dangerous precedent making clear that any athlete and national team could be suspended from taking part in competitions and deprived of rewards on the basis of indirect proofs.
We, the undersigned, feel certain that the Olympic movement and fair-play spirit of the Olympic Games should be saved by the following urgent measures:
1. Abolish the practice of confessing the guilt of athletes just relying on the testimony of a witness and recognize the Russian athletes precedent as the civil and criminal law violation.
2. Carry out an independent technical expertise of the anti-doping bottles to find out whether the scratch marks have been left on these bottles in a result of unauthorized opening or just represent the technical feature of the product.
3. Create the independent anti-doping institute instead of WADA which have demonstrated its inability to fight against doping; to ensure the presence of as many nations as possible in the new organization.
4. Increase the number of in-competition and out-of-competition anti-doping tests; to ban athletes from competitions if they require temporary or permanent usage of prohibited substances according to their Therapeutic Use Exemptions.
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