The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the latest anti-doping headlines make it “increasingly difficult to defend the current system.”
In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said if stories of the Russian lab director’s elaborate plans to keep the country’s athletes from testing positive at the Sochi Games turn out to be true, then “we need to admit the system is flawed.”
Blackmun’s goal: To make sure athletes competing at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are playing on a level playing field.
In his first comments about the world’s anti-doping crisis, Blackmun called for strong leadership and decisive action.
On June 17, track’s governing body, the IAAF, will decide whether Russia’s suspended track team can compete in Rio.
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