Russia Found Still Not Complying On Doping, Hurting Olympic Hopes

Russia Found Still Not Complying On Doping, Hurting Olympic Hopes

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

On Thursday, the WADA Foundation Board held a meeting in Seoul.

WADA previously declared RUSADA non-compliant in November 2015 following its investigation into state-sponsored doping allegations in Russian Federation.

It's unclear how this will affect athletes heading into the 2018 Games.

Russia's secret service and sports ministry were accused of orchestrating an elaborate plot that included using a "mousehole" to switch dirty samples at the doping laboratory in the Black Sea resort.

"We really have done everything possible for RUSADA to retrieve its status", Pavel Kolobkov, Russia's sports minister, told R-Sport news agency. The decision was made in Seoul at the meeting of the Council of founders WADA.

"We accept the fact our national anti-doping system has failed.[but] we absolutely deny a state-sponsored doping system", Zhukov said.

But WADA also wants access to urine samples stored in Russia's Moscow anti-doping laboratory as one of the key demands of its "road map" to return to compliance.

The WADA Foundation Board ruled that the RUSADA still failed to meet two requirements in "Roadmap to Code Compliance", which was set to restore Russia's anti-doping programs following its investigation.

Last week, WADA said it had obtained an "enormous" internal database of Russian drug test results from 2012-2015 which provided evidence of the state's role.

In 2016, the Olympic committee ignored WADA's calls to ban Russian Federation from Rio de Janeiro and instead left the decision on the eligibility of individual athletes to associations that govern each individual sport. He noted that the unqualified acceptance of the findings of the Board Richard McLaren on doping in Russian sport impossible.



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