Russian Federation still not in clear on doping, could miss winter games

Isaac Cain
November 17, 2017

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

Kuwait have been suspended, WADA director general Olivier Niggli told insidethegames, because he claimed their anti-doping programme was not working and Government legislation does not recognise the authority of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"Such a decision from WADA is, without doubt, very unpleasant information, very unpleasant news", Peskov said, TASS reported.

The decision had been expected after Russian Federation refused to admit running a state-sponsored doping system, as detailed in an explosive report for WADA by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

"We do not agree with this decision, we believe it to be unfair".

The decision is likely to add more pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban Russian athletes from the 2018 Winter Games, which are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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

The country was excluded from participating under their own flag at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The global anti-doping watchdog refused to reinstate Russian anti-doping body as it hadn't fulfilled two criteria outlined by WADA - accepting the existence of a state-backed doping system, indicated in the McLaren report, and allowing access to the samples stored in a Moscow laboratory.

We will remind, earlier on the official WADA website appeared in the results of the meeting of the leadership of the Agency, which accepted the fate of RUSADA. 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.

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

Russia escaped a blanket ban before Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil past year when the International Olympic Committee allowed individual sports federations to determine the eligibility of the athletes.

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