Banning an entire nation's team from an Olympic games is an ultimate penalty, but we think the evidence of massive, organized, governmental cheating justifies it. Some innocent athletes will be penalized, but that happens all the time in sports: When an offensive lineman is caught holding, the entire team moves back 10 yards, not just the left guard.
It is also worth noting that Bach is at least now considering a "collective ban" having spoken mainly about "individual justice" in recent weeks.
This is why the former Olympic fencing champion from Germany called for an urgent teleconference of his executive board yesterday, although WADA president and IOC vice-president Sir Craig Reedie did not take part, citing a conflict of interest.
The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren released a report on Monday on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, reports TASS.
The IOC will also not grant Rio 2016 accreditation to any official of the Russian Sports Ministry or any person implicated in the McLaren Report.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on 18 July 2016 suspended Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh from his office.
The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options of a blanket ban following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that accused Russia's sports ministry of overseeing doping of the country's Olympic athletes.
It also recommended that IFs from sports implicated in the McLaren report consider their responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code with regard to their Russian National Federations.
The CAS case hinges on a central issue: Can all of the country's track athletes be banned collectively and is it right to punish those who have not been accused of wrongdoing?
Given the urgency of the matter the International Olympic Committee will not organise or give patronage to any sports event or meeting in Russian Federation.
The IOC is now racing against the clock to reach a final position on the status of Russian athletes in Rio.
Russia's impropriety started following the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where Russian Federation had an embarrassingly low medal count. The report also found that Russian government was involved in all aspects of the doping scandal, which included swapped samples and tamper-evident bottles being tampered with when the Moscow lab wasn't in charge of samples during other large global events.
The International Association of Athletics Federations has already excluded the Russian track and field team from participation, although that decision is subject to appeal. Those athletes, WADA said, should be allowed to compete in Rio under a neutral flag.
Another ARD programme claims that Russian authorities have been covering up for coaches disgraced by the doping programme, directly pinpointing Mutko for his alleged involvement in the cover-up.
The uncertainty is weighing heavily on Russian athletes.
Now, all those athletes - more than 400 of them, including those who did nothing wrong - can only wait and see what their fate is for the Summer Olympics, which start in a mere 17 days.
McLaren said he was "unwaveringly confident" in his report, and insisted there was no leak, as several sports leaders suggested over the weekend, when draft letters calling for Russia's ban were leaked to the media.