Sayers calls for the IOC to ban Russians from Olympics

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Goldie Sayers has joined the clamour for the International Olympic Committee to impose a blanket ban on all Russian athletes for the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The findings of the investigation into widespread state-sponsored Russian doping has led to the World Anti-Doping Agency suggesting that all competitors from the Eastern European nation should be suspended with immediate effect.

Those actions have had a direct impact on Newmarket javelin thrower Sayers, who threw a British record 65.75m at the Beijing Olympics, yet still finished fourth.

However, it has since been alleged that Russian silver medallist Mariya Abakumova provided a positive substance. If confirmed, she will lose her medal and Sayers will be promoted to bronze.

Now, the Brit believes that the strongest of punishments must be dished out.

“The only way to teach Russia that they must not cheat is to hit them where it hurts, and that has to mean the IOC bans the country’s athletes from all competition at Rio de Janeiro,” Sayers wrote in a Times newspaper column.

“One ban is not enough to ensure a cultural change.

“It will take at least 10 years for that to happen. It has to be a long-term process.”

Having failed to make the qualifying distance, 34-year-old Sayers has been left out of the Team GB squad for Rio.

She had appeared at the last three Olympics.