WADA refuses to reinstate Russia's Winter Olympics athletes

Alyssa Bailey
November 17, 2017

WADA President Craig Reedie said the Board approved the recommendation by the Independent Compliance Review Committee that RUSADA remain non-compliant as two key requirements for reinstatement had still not been fulfilled.

The Kremlin called the decision to maintain Russia's suspension "unfair".

Countries and sports federations must be compliant with the WADA Code to be eligible for the Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee making the ultimate decision on participation.

McLaren's investigation found that Russian Federation doped more than 1,000 Olympic athletes in 30 sports between 2011 and 2015, tainting the country's results at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the 2013 world track and field championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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

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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. "We of course do not agree with the decision - we consider it unjust". The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s decision not to reinstate Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA was expected and had been nearly announced beforehand, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS. "We denounced, and continue to denounce, accusations that cases of doping had some kind of state support", Peskov said.

The chief of the United States anti-doping agency described the latest development as "another sad moment in this entire sordid affair".

The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russia's secret service and sports ministry of orchestrating a plot that included using a "mousehole" to replace dirty samples at the Sochi doping laboratory. It refused to reinstate RUSADA saying that the agency is non-complaint with WADA's code.

"Let me make it clear that for us, that was not a surprise", he said.

Mauritius have been suspended because they have no legislation in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

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