A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who also heads the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has criticized the IOC for what he says is a lack of “moral leadership” over a Russian state-sponsored doping system.
WADA President Dick Pound said on August 6 that the IOC now faces a battles to restore its credibility because of the way it has handled the Russian doping scandal.
In a commentary published by Canada's Globe And Mail newspaper, Pound declared himself "hugely disappointed by the IOC's lack of resolve in dealing with proven government-sponsored cheating" by a country "that showed complete contempt for the rules of the game."
A report for WADA by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren revealed evidence of a "state-dictated failsafe system" of cheating through the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Russia.
The IOC has banned more than 100 Russian athletes from the Rio games but decided against banning Russia’s entire team.