New Zealand Olympic Committee confident its team is clean for the Rio Games video

Defending Olympic single scull champion Mahe Drysdale was quick to voice his disgust that the Russian doping scandal.

Defending Olympic single scull champion Mahe Drysdale was quick to voice his disgust that the Russian doping scandal.

New Zealand Olympic officials are confident they have a "clean" team for the Rio Games and are happy for their athletes to voice disgust at the Russian doping regime.

Leading New Zealand athletes Mahe Drysdale and Lauren Boyle have been forthright in their horror at Russia's state-controlled doping practices revealed in the McLaren Report on Tuesday.

The report has the International Olympic Committee looking at implementing the toughest disciplinary measures possible for next month's Games, with a total ban of Russian athletes a strong possibility.

NZOC secretary general Kereyn Smith welcomed the passion shown by members of the New Zealand team for Rio on the doping scandal.

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"Absolutely ...  I'm really comfortable and we would completely support them and endorse them in doing so because it really adds weight and relevance to the call for action," Smith said.

"At the end of the day it's the clean athletes who have missed out on titles or their moment in the sun  or medals or whatever it might be. We are certainly supportive of our athletes taking a really tough stance in that regard."

That approach left New Zealand vulnerable to embarrassment should Kiwi doping practices be uncovered. But Smith is confident the Kiwi team is clean in this area.

She believed New Zealand's strong education on doping and a ever-present testing programme had hammered home the dangers of cheating.

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"We are really confident that New Zealand has a strong culture around clean athletes and that we have a really robust testing programme and real confidence in Drug Free Sport New Zealand and the work that they have been doing.

"Let's not forget they have been in place since the early 90s. We now have generations of athletes who have now been in this regime and are respectful of it.

"So we are really confident in that system and our culture and really looking forward to a great Games in Rio."

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 - Stuff


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