The International Ski Federation (FIS) President Gian-Franco Kasper has ruled out suspended the national team of Russia from the competitions over the doping scandal.
“We should not suspend those who are innocent,” said Kasper. “We should punish only whose who are guilty, we cannot do that indiscriminately just because they have Russian passports. That’s wrong, both humanly and legally. I understand that many athletes are concerned in this situation,” he added.
“However, just two hours after the IOC gave us an opportunity to make a decision, we suspended all six Russian cross-country skiers placed on the list of WADA’s Independent Commission head, Richard McLaren. Now let’s see what our investigation will show.”
The FIS President said the federation has no information about the involvement of Russian skier Sergei Ustyugov in the doping scandal. Kasper said, “As far as we know, he is not involved in the doping scandals,” and added “At least, he was not mentioned in McLaren’s report.”
Part Two of the report delivered by the WADA Independent Commission and its chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren revealed that over positive doping tests were concealed of over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter, and Paralympic sports.
Kasper also commented that the International Ski Federation has no plans to bar Russian skiers from the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.. The International Ski Federation recently handed provisional suspensions to six Russian cross country skiers, including 2014 Olympic Champion Alexander Legkov, over alleged anti-doping violations during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.