IOC to consider collective vs. individual justice dealing with bans

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says a special meeting later this month will consider “collective responsibility” versus “individual justice” in dealing with any ban of athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The IAAF will rule on June 17 whether to uphold or lift its suspension of Russia’s entire track and field team from global competition, including the Olympics. That sanction was imposed in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission detailed state-sponsored doping in Russia.

A meeting of IOC leaders, international sports federations, and national Olympic and anti-doping bodies will be held June 21 in Lausanne.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the meeting will consider “whether and if individual athletes should be given individual justice.”

Adams says it was “pure speculation” that the meeting could pave the way for some individual Russian athletes to compete in Rio if they are deemed to be clean.

Adams says “let’s wait until the IAAF comes back with its decision before we decide what happens next.”

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