WADA upholds Russian Federation as non-compliant

Darya Klishina

Russia's exclusion from the winter Paralympics and worldwide athletics competitions is set to be confirmed today at a meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The agency, also known as WADA, ruled after a meeting of top officials in Seoul Thursday that Russia's anti-doping body should remain blacklisted following an investigation that exposed a vast program of drugs cheating, including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) has been suspended since a WADA report in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations. The move by Wada...

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.

Reacting to the WADA decision, the IOC said they "will take all the circumstances, including all the measures to ensure a level-playing field at the Olympic Winter Games 2018, into consideration when it decides on the participation of the Russian athletes in Pyeongchang".

The IOC has said it will decide on Russia's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea during its executive board meeting being held from December 5-7. WADA passed along the database to the two International Olympic Committee investigations, saying the new intelligence "reinforced" its evidence against the Russians.




"RUSADA performs all functions within the World Anti-Doping Code", he said.

"We were not surprised by WADA's decision".

"RUSADA meets all the principles of independence and transparency, and a huge amount of work has been done in recent months", Yury Ganus, RUSADA's director, told reporters in Moscow.

The commission led by Richard McLaren found a year ago that Russian Federation developed the doping program after its athletes won just three gold medals at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius were also declared non-compliant at the WADA meeting.

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