The ISSF Executive Committee supported the initiative of ISSF President Vladimir Lisin to establish a Development Fund and to donate USD 10.000.000 (ten million US Dollars) of his personal means.
The Executive Committee members were unanimous in their decisions. With no votes against and no abstentions they gave green light to the creation of the Development Fund and to the implementation of a system that can guarantee full transparency in the decision-making process and in financial operations of the Fund.
Mr. Joerg Brokamp – Chairman of the ISSF Technical Committee – said:
“The development fund is a big personal contribution of the President. It will hopefully be good for the future and the wellbeing of the ISSF.”
“It is a donation that belongs to the ISSF. As the entire financial responsibility is held by the Executive Committee in accordance with the ISSF Constitution and the decisions of the General Assembly, the members of the Executive committee will also be responsible for the use of the financial resources of this new ISSF Development Fund.”
The exact procedures are to be determined by the same Executive Committee, during their meeting to be held on March 22nd, 2019.
The ISSF Executive Committee recommends to the IOC that athletes from Russia may be permitted to participate in the shooting events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The ISSF confirms having received from WADA details about the three samples concerning shooting sport mentioned in the McLaren Report. The ISSF furthermore is relieved to confirm that these three samples had been correctly entered, at the time they were reported, into the ADAMS database as positives, that all the result management procedures had been followed and that the matters were resolved.
It is also to be noted that none of the athletes whose samples are mentioned in the McLaren Report will participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 18 Russian shooters who have been entered by the ROC to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are neither mentioned in the McLaren Report nor have they tested positive further to a doping control according to the information we possess. Further, all Russian athletes are being carefully monitored as part of ISSF’s intelligence based testing program.
Therefore, the ISSF Executive Committee unanimously voted confirming that all 18 Russian athletes fulfill the criteria set by the IOC further to its Executive Board meeting decision of Sunday July 24th.
The ISSF will submit all necessary documents to the IOC as requested for its evaluation and decision.
At the same time, the ISSF is deeply concerned about the findings of the McLaren Independent Investigation Report unveiled by WADA and strongly supports the extension of Prof. McLaren’s mandate in order for him to finish the crucial work he has started.
The ISSF will keep on fighting to protect clean athletes and will keep actively supporting WADA and working with the IOC and all international entities concerned. The ISSF looks forward to receiving any eventual additional findings that may become available as part of the extended McLaren Investigation. We shall again promptly act on these findings in compliance with the ISSF Anti-Doping Rules.
In order to preserve the integrity of sport, to ensure a level playing field and to support all clean athletes, the ISSF will not hesitate to punish cheaters.