"I think it was a mistake, and I believe that embarking upon this path can destroy the work started by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, which is now being carried on by [International Olympic Committee] President Thomas Bach in an exceptional way. It can cause a split within the Olympic movement," Maglione said.
Maglione called to respect athletes who devoted their lives to sport stressing that allegations should not destroy their hopes and aspirations.
On Monday, an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission presented a report based on the results of its investigation into allegations that dozens of Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia has been accused of running a state-wide doping program.
Following the release of the WADA report, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that it would consider a collective ban for the entire Russian team, taking into consideration the CAS verdict.