IOC Will Complete Sochi 2014 Doping Hearings By November
Hearings for Russian athletes following the re-tests of their doping samples from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics "will be completed" by the end of November, the IOC said on Thursday, according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC is re-testing all Russian athletes' samples from those Games following revelations by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's discredited anti-doping laboratory, of a "scheme to cover up the home competitors' positive samples." The Sochi scandal is "part of a wider doping affair in Russia" that led to the suspension of the country's anti-doping agency and led to an int'l ban for track and field athletes. In a letter to IOC Athletes' Commission Chair Angela Ruggiero, Denis Oswald, who heads the IOC commission into the re-testing of the samples, said, "We have now scheduled the hearings for a number of cases." Among the first to be heard will be six skiers who have been banned from competing following the WADA report into the Russian doping scandal, "with the skiing season and Olympic qualifiers looming." The participation of Russian athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics "depends on the results of the Oswald report" and the IOC "expects to take a decision by the end of the year" (REUTERS, 10/19).