WADA rules Russian Federation 'noncompliant'

Nichole Vega
November 17, 2017

WADA declared on Thursday that RUSADA remained non-compliant with criteria that the body outlined in a "Road to Compliance" set out after allegations surfaced of state-sponsored doping in Russian sport.

WADA rejected Russia's reinstatement because technical requirements had not been met, he said.

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

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

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".

Russian Federation denies the charges, saying the doping program that marred the 2014 Games in Sochi was the work of individuals, not the government.

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 is clear that an unconditional recognition of the McLaren Report is impossible", Zhukov added.

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

Yury Ganus, said the organization was not surprised by the ruling of the World Anti-Doping Agency not to reinstate RUSADA just four months before the Olympic Games in South Korea.

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