Victoria Aggar, a member of the committee and head of the British Athletes Commission, said: “We will have a conversation about an appeal for a stronger sanction.
“Our reasoning for a blanket ban is that, although a four-year sanction may sound enough, it’s pretty weak in reality. It doesn’t feel that the punishment was strong enough for the crime.”
That ban was in danger of being undermined after WADA was unable to confirm whether it covered Formula One’s Russian Grand Prix.
Major doubt had already been cast on the credibility of the punishment when it emerged it would not apply to soccer’s European Championship next year or their subsequent 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
That was compounded by uncertainty over the extent to which the sanctions would cover other high-profile sports events.
A spokesman for WADA said it was trying to confirm what – if any – aspects of the punishment would apply to the Russian Grand Prix and the race’s promoter, Rosgonki, was quick to issue a statement on Monday branding it “legally and technically impossible” after WADA’s ban ordered the withdrawal of any world championships awarded to Russia “unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so”.
Rosgonki made no mention of another of the sanctions imposed by WADA that prevents Kremlin officials attending events covered by the ban, including President Vladimir Putin who, meanwhile, has threatened to order an appeal against the ban, questioning whether it was motivated by “political considerations”.
The FIA, F1’s governing body and the sport’s designated WADA code signatory, did not respond to a request for comment.
The Kremlin came under fire from within after one of their biggest athletics stars accused it of failing to contain the scandal.
In an open letter, three-time high-jump world champion Maria Lasitskene wrote: “Have we conducted an internal investigation? Who has been punished – I mean, apart from the athletes who were caught red-handed and five or six officials or coaches?”
Lasitskene, forced to miss the 2016 Olympics after Russia’s entire track-and-field team was barred over the scandal, also wondered “why coaches whose athletes have been caught doping are still working and why officials are still falsifying official documents?”
Meanwhile, Sepp Blatter has denied he was bribed to ensure Russia was awarded last year’s World Cup.
The US Department of Justice published details of a 2011 report by a former British intelligence officer summarising an alleged conversation between Putin and then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in which Putin was said to have acknowledged a Russian oligarch had bribed Blatter, the then FIFA president, so his country could win the right to host the tournament.