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Russians to Get 'Neutral' Gray, Red Uniforms for Olympics

Russians to Get 'Neutral' Gray, Red Uniforms for Olympics

He then provided information which led to an investigation of doping at Sochi.

The criteria the group called for included athletes having had a minimum of 12 months testing in a WADA code-compliant programme, minimum levels of out-of-competition testing, no association with prohibited coaches, no mention in the McLaren Reports, and having revealed all knowledge of doping activity.

On Monday, the Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing its sources in the Russian parliament's upper chamber, that Mueller, who formerly headed the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may have influenced the WADA investigation into alleged doping abuses in Russia.

"As a result, the panel is conducting an in-depth individual review of each case and is empowered to use its full discretion".

"The IOC, having acknowledged that the presumption of innocence has been lost for Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), it was imperative that the IOC establish clear criteria and a transparent process to allow the inclusion of OAR in the Games".

"This will involve compliance with at least two now unfulfilled requirements: the findings of the McLaren Reports have not yet been acknowledged and WADA has not been given access to the stored samples and data at the Moscow laboratory".

Cross-country skier Alexander Legkov, who won 50km gold at Sochi, and double Olympic bobsleigh champion Aleksandr Zubkov - both of whom were later stripped of their titles - are among those appealing in Switzerland.

"Protecting clean athletes by fighting doping is a top priority for the IOC", said the Olympic body's medical and scientific director Richard Budgett in a press release.

"The protection of whistleblowers remains a matter of great concern and the NADO leaders called upon the International Olympic Committee to provide more assistance in this regard by publicly calling for the whistleblowers protection and conditioning any ROC reinstatement on their ongoing safety".

The federation said it had suggested that the anti-doping agency RUSADA pay closer attention to regional and junior competitions as it has found that "certain problems with doping are present in this segment of Russian track and field".

Last month, Russian athletes were banned from competing under their nation's flag in the Winter Olympics that begin next month following allegations of a state-sponsored doping scheme involving athletes at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Thirty-nine of the cases are due to be heard next week.

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