“It can‘t be ruled out that all international events in Russia will be cancelled next season because of the state doping.” –International Olympic Committee Member
If you haven’t heard, Russia is in a dilly of pickle when it comes to allegations of state sponsored doping during the 2014 winter Olympics held in Sochi. The doping scandal has not gone unnoticed by International Ski Federation president, Gian-Franco Kasper, who is considering banning all FIS competition in Russia pending the results of the ongoing investigations according to insidethegames.biz.
The complete World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-commissioned report is due to publish at the end of the month at which time FIS will examine the findings and make its determination. Russia is accused of switching tainted samples for clean ones in their state sponsored labs during night-time operations.
“It is not our intention to cancel something. We must await the results of the investigations. We don‘t want to hurt the Russians. There will be no collective punishment or ban.” -unattributed quotes from Olympic Committee Forum Nordicum in Lahti, Finland
Russia is due to host a World Cup event as early as December. There will not be a collective ban on Russian competitor not matter the results of the investigation.