In the state Duma hope that the IOC will not allow collective sanctions against Russia

© RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov of the building of the State Duma on Okhotny Ryad street in Moscow. Archival photoIn the state Duma hope that the IOC will not allow collective sanctions against Russia© RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

The head of the Duma Committee on physical culture, sport, tourism and youth Affairs Mikhail Degtyarev expects that the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach will not allow the collective responsibility of the Russian athletes because it violates the Olympic principles.

Bach previously said that sanctions against Russian sports for violating anti-doping rules at the Olympic games 2014 in Sochi can be applied no later than Oct.

«What the sanctions will be, but I would not say that they are some can be serious or collective. Thomas Bach in this sense, a very serious international official, he knows how in Russia Affairs with the development of sport. I think that he will not allow the use of any in violation of Olympic principles, the Charter decisions», — said Degtyarev told reporters.

The MP is convinced that «collective madness of the international Olympic Committee will not tolerate.»

«This is contrary to the Olympic Charter, but individual athletes can be punished. We’re talking about this. There are two Commission, we are waiting for their results,» he said.

In 2016 — in July and December — was published two parts of the report of the independent Commission of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) under the leadership of Richard McLaren of doping by Russians. It was claimed that over a thousand Russian athletes were involved in the manipulation of doping samples at different tournaments in 30 sports. Furthermore, it was stated about the existence of the Russian state system for manipulating doping samples. Russian authorities deny these allegations.

The IOC has set up two commissions to investigate concerning Russia: the disciplinary Commission, headed by IOC member Denis Oswald, that should do the cross-checking of samples of Russians from the Olympic games in Sochi, and the Commission ex-President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, which verifies the accuracy of the information on state intervention in the Russian anti-doping system. The winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang (South Korea) in February 2018.