WADA rules Russian Federation 'noncompliant'

Angelica Greene
November 17, 2017

WADA's Foundation Board, which met in Seoul on Thursday, had approved the non-compliant recommendation of the Independent Compliance Review Committee, it said on its Twitter feed.

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

"Western manipulators are abusing their influence over global organizations and playing on our nerves" by leaving Russian participation in doubt, Mikhail Degtyarev, head of the sports, youth and tourism committee in the Duma, said, according to the Sport Express newspaper.

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.

"This is unpleasant news", Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "We of course do not agree with the decision - we consider it unjust". "We denounced, and continue to denounce, accusations that cases of doping had some kind of state support", Peskov said.

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Following WADA's ruling, the new head of Russia's anti- doping agency RUSADA said today his organisation would continue "the huge amount" of work it has done in recent months. The IOC is set to decide on Russia's participation at its executive board meeting early next month.

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. WADA passed along the database to the two International Olympic Committee investigations, saying the new intelligence "reinforced" its evidence against the Russians.

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

Mauritius have been suspended because they have no legislation in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code. Russian Federation escaped a blanket ban at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but remains barred from competing in global athletics events.

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