Elite national anti-doping bodies urges to ban Russia from Olympics

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Sporting tragedy: RUSADA.

Leaders of the world’s most prominent national anti-doping bodies on Monday called for Russian track and field athletes to be banned from next year’s Olympics, saying the sanction was necessary to deter drug cheats.

A statement from the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO), a 53-member umbrella group made the call on the eve of a key World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting in Colorado Springs.

Britain’s David Kenworthy, the chairman of iNADO and head of UK Anti-Doping, said in a statement the vast state-supported doping program detailed by WADA’s Independent Commission last week was a “tragedy for sport.”

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WADA’s commission recommended Russia and its national governing body for athletics be banned for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. On Friday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) provisionally suspended Russia from all international competition.

However, the IAAF action fell short of stating explicitly that Russian athletes would be barred from the Olympics, raising the prospect that they would be allowed to compete after all.

But in a statement issued after an iNADO meeting in Colorado on Monday, Kenworthy said Russian athletes needed to be banned to send a message.

“The ARAF — Russia’s national federation for athletics — and its athletes must be suspended from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games,” he said.

“The corruption in Russian Athletics deserves no less. ARAF has not demonstrated that they are capable of sending a clean team to Games.

“A strong deterrent message must be sent that national federations cannot participate in the highest levels of competition when anti-doping has been intentionally subverted.

“The actions by the ARAF, which deliberately flouted the rules of sport, have tainted all Russian athletes in the sport of Athletics.”

WADA is expected to rule against Russia’s anti-doping body when it meets in Colorado this week, a key session which will aim to build a framework for new strategies in the global war on drug cheats.

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Russia's Minister of Sport Vitaliy Mutko said on Sunday that the country's "clean" track and field athletes should be allowed to take part in other competitions while Russia's athletics federation was provisionally being suspended by the IAAF.

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In light of allegations linking Russian athletes to a doping scandal, the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko responded in a very defensive manner, before admitting that Russian athletes could be banned from participating in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.

The IAAF has provisionally suspended Russia, amid widespread doping allegations, after a 323 paged report was put together by the former head of World Anti-Doping Association’s Dick Pound, over an 11 month period.

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The report highlights the involvement of sports officials, lab testers, athletes and security service agents, in what could be seen as a joint effort to cover up doping violations, whether it is for personal gain or to improve competitive chances of success in competitions.


Mutko has admitted that Russia does have a doping problem, and promised to cooperate with WADA to get rid of it from the country's sporting endeavours.


Despite it being an issue Russia has to solve, Mutko admitted it’s more of “a global problem” and that clean athletes should be protected.


Mutko also stated that he will fight to keep Russia involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 




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