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Wada set to uphold Russian Federation ban from winter Olympics

17 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • WADA refuses to lift Russia suspension Winter Olympics ban looms large

Russian authorities deny there was a state-backed doping program, but have pledged to follow global recommendations to get the suspension lifted.

At the meetings held in Seoul, WADA also approved an International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which specifies a range of sanctions and procedures when sports organisations or countries are not compliant with the international anti-doping regulations they have signed.

The independent McLaren report detailed a state-sponsored doping conspiracy from 2011 to 2015, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where the hosts topped the medals table.

"This is unpleasant news", Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Russia's anti-doping agency was suspended in 2015 after a WADA report found evidence of state-sponsored doping.

"We denied and categorically deny any accusations that any instances of doping were sponsored by the state".


At issue are WADA's demands that Russian officials admit they ran a state-sponsored doping program, as detailed in a report issued previous year by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren, and that the country turn over doping samples collected during the time of the cheating.

"We are judging by the recent announcement from [WADA president] Thomas Bach, that the ruling is not directly related to the issue of the Olympic Games". A 2016 report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period. "This means we will be one the world's biggest anti-doping organizations". It refused to reinstate RUSADA saying that the agency is non-complaint with WADA's code.

"We are ready to go forward and work openly in the full standards of WADA".

In 2016, the International Olympic Committee ignored WADA's calls to ban Russian Federation from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the McLaren report, instead leaving the decision to individual sports bodies.

Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius had also been found non-compliant by the Board, it added.

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