Olympians Association Opposes Blanket Ban on All Russian Athletes

Updated: 14 December 2015 21:47 IST

The World Olympians Association (WOA) has called for an "urgent solution" that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.

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The global association of Olympic athletes has said it's unfair that all Russia's track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping. (Athletes Uneasy Over Welcoming Russians at 2016 Olympics)

The World Olympians Association (WOA) called for an "urgent solution" that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete. (WADA Commission Begins Work on Monitoring Doping Controls in Russia)

The WOA issued a statement pm Monday saying clean athletes should "have their rights and their reputations protected and honored".

Russia's athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo "extraordinary testing sessions" clearing them to compete.

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