The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called for disciplinary procedures to be initiated against athletes found to have violated doping laws.
It follows the release of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report, claiming to provide evidence of “systematic doping and corruption” within Russian athletics.
The IOC says it is up to the International Association of Athletics Federations to decide whether sanctions are needed.
Committee President Thomas Bach added:
“We will, once we get the relevant information from IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), withdraw and reallocate medals with regard to Russian athletes which may have been doped.”
Russia maintains the allegations are “groundless,” however WADA has since suspended the accreditation of a Moscow laboratory used for doping tests.
Vadim Zelechenok, the acting president of the Russian Athletics Federation said “quite a few things in the report were described in a biased way,” and said: