On December 5, the IOC Executive Board announced its decision to suspend the whole Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations.
In suspending the Russian Olympic Committee, the IOC offered individual athletes the chance to come to the 2018 Games, as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", and "via prescribed conditions - a process that was created to balance the IOC's interest in the global fight against doping and the interests of individual athletes from Russia".
He added that, as a high-profile athlete, he would never support doping and has no advice for athletes who have been caught doping, but he supports and feels sorry for clean Russian athletes who can not compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after training for years.
The World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete committee on Tuesday expressed its "profound disappointment and dismay" that 28 Russian athletes last week had doping bans from the 2014 Olympics overturned at CAS. "After Olympic officials finish working through the corrected results, they will award medals to 'retroactive winners from Sochi'".
"It is within this context that the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee developed, along with the International Federations, the IOC, and other stakeholders, the schedule, which we believe allows the athletes to compete at their best, recover properly, and showcase their performances and sport to a worldwide audience".
"It's disappointing we are still talking about this but the the decision is reassuring".
The ruling was handed down just hours before the Games' opening ceremony. They weren't allowed to march under the Russian flag, and can't wear any of the country's logos or colors.
"EPO micro-doses disappear quickly so doses are taken nearly every day in the hope of escaping testers", Xavier Bigard, of France's national anti-doping agency, told AFP.
"I hope IOC President Thomas Bach is listening - for the sake of the Olympic ideal, he needs to resign". "We're not particularly happy with the thought of having athletes that we knew were not clean having the opportunity to compete". In December, the International Olympic Committee executive board banned the Russian federation from these Olympics but left the door open for individual Russian athletes to compete if they could demonstrate they were innocent of drug cheating.
The selection of some and the exclusion of others has left athletes and some worldwide sports bodies baffled as to how the IOC compiled the list.
The country's sports and anti-doping establishment has been the target of several investigations that recorded systematic manipulation of doping samples, not only in Sochi, but also across many sports and more than 1,000 athletes. If you're not a clean athlete then you should not compete. And 15 medalists during the 2012 London Olympics, where Russian Federation won 72 medals, had samples that had been tampered with. In Russia's case, the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver where it ranked 11th, is said to have triggered the mass cheating.