"Therefore, consistent with the Principles, Charter and Code we request that the IOC Executive Board take the action to suspend the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committee from participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio."The only appropriate, and permissible, course of action in these unprecedented circumstances is for the IOC to immediately suspend the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committees from the Olympic Movement....and declare that no athlete can represent Russia at the Rio Olympic Games." CCES chief Paul Melia said the draft letter, backed by anti-doping agencies of Germany, New Zealand and Japan among other, along with some athletes groups including the World Anti-Doping Agency athlete committee, was part of the preparations for the Mc Laren report.

"If the Mc Laren report produces clear and convincing evidence of state-sponsored doping in sport in Russia, they are prepared to call on the IOC to ban the Russian Olympic Committee from the Games in Rio." The draft letter has also been circulated to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Athlete Committee members by Canada's Beckie Scott, who chairs the committee, asking whether they agree to support it.

"The letter outlines a basis for suspension of the Russian NOC (National Olympic Committee) from Rio, in light of the evidence and information that will come as a result of this report, and aligns very much with the position we have taken so far in this (long) process," Scott wrote in an e-mail dated July 16.

IOC President Thomas Bach said last month that individual Russian track and field athletes assessed as clean would be able to compete for their country in Brazil.

"My concern is that there seems to have been an attempt to agree an outcome before any evidence has been presented," IOC Executive Board member Patrick Hickey said.

"Such interference and calls ahead of the Mc Laren Report publication are totally against internationally recognised fair legal process and may have completely undermined the integrity and therefore the credibility of this important report." WADA set up an investigation under Mc Laren to the probe allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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(Reuters) - Several anti-doping agencies, including those of the United States and Canada, want a complete ban on Russia competing at the Rio Olympics if next week's key report into allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics is damning, they said on Saturday.

Russia's track and field athletes are already banned from competing at next month's Olympics by the world governing International Association of Athletics' Federations (IAAF) over widespread doping in the sport.