EXCLUSIVE: THE IOC has named Islamic State as Russia’s replacement at the Rio Olympics on the proviso its shooting squad fires only at clay targets.
IOC president Thomas Bach, in announcing the self-proclaimed caliphate would compete, said the decision – made after Russia’s appeal against doping charged was rejected – would increase safety at the two-week event as “surely no-one would want to kill with a gold medal on the line”.
Bach said IS – which would field teams in clay shooting, track and field, all combat sports and synchronised swimming – would be subject to strict security protocols during the Olympics.
“IS has promised they will behave to our stringent rules and guidelines,” Bach said.
“They welcome our alcohol ban in the athletes’ village and understand that no guns will be allowed in the area unless for clay shooting practice.”
In response to instant social media criticism, Bach said people needed to “relax and enjoy the event”.Follow The Caught Report: