Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Doping: Kremlin calls WADA's decision on Russian Federation 'unfair'

Doping: Kremlin calls WADA's decision on Russian Federation 'unfair'

It is noted that in case of failure of RUSADA WADA road map, a number of Russian athletes may lose the right to compete at the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea).

Earlier, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko stated that no matter what WADA decided on RUSADA's status, it will not affect Russia's participation in the Olympics, as the latter is "a prerogative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), not WADA".

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. "We of course do not agree with the decision - we consider it unjust".

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And, just last week, NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported that WADA had obtained what was described as an "enormous backup file" from RUSADA covering all testing data from January 2012 to August 2015 - a period that covers the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where Russian Federation was dominant.

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.

He added that an unconditional recognition of the McLaren report "is impossible".

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As NPR's Bill Chappell explained: "WADA says the lab had different fee systems for handling tests that showed proof of doping, with one price for handling a positive test they had been told to look out for - and a second, higher price for covering up test results they hadn't been warned about".

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov pointed to improvements within RUSADA, and insisted it was independent of state control as he pleaded for the agency to be reinstated.

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

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But suspicions remain. Foundation Board member Adam Pengilly asked how WADA could "trust" Russia's new anti-doping regime "until there is a real acknowledgement of what happened?"

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