The IOC has rejected the bid by Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to compete as neutral athlete in Olympics.
Stepanova was cleared by track and field’s world governing body earlier this month to compete as a neutral athlete in the European championships and the Olympics. But the IOC did not accept the decision for the Olympics. …
The 800-meter runner provided evidence to the World Anti-Doping Agency of widespread cheating in Russia that led the IAAF to bar the country’s track and field athletes from international competition, including the Rio Games.
Stepanova, who served a two-year doping ban before turning whistleblower, is now living and training in the United States at an undisclosed location.
Without Yulia we wouldn’t know about systematic Russian doping corruption. What whistleblower will ever come forward in future?
related – No one really wants a Whistle Blower: Russia, the IOC, and Doping.
(via Nancy Armour)