Friday, 15 December, 2017

Russian Federation anti-doping body to 'continue its work' after WADA ban

Russia's Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov right and Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov left both made presentations to the WADA Foundation Board in Seoul Russian Federation anti-doping body to 'continue its work' after WADA ban
Cecilia Poole | 18 November, 2017, 01:48

"It's all about big politics".

"We are preparing for the Olympic Games", he added.

The state-run media holding VGTRK told the Interfax news agency that its channels will not broadcast the Olympics if the Russian national team is banned, confirming press reports that appeared earlier Friday. The IOC did not issue a blanket ban of Russian athletes for last year's Summer Olympics in Rio, ruling that individual sports federations could decide whether specially vetted Russians could compete as "neutral" athletes. According to a senior official, the state is aware of current problems. That option apparently is on the table again, though Russian sports leaders have said they would boycott the Winter Games if their athletes aren't allowed to compete under the Russian flag.

Russia's Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told the WADA Foundation Board that access to Russian athletes in closed cities was no longer a problem for doping control officers
Russian Federation anti-doping body to 'continue its work' after WADA ban

Russia's sports authorities patiently continue holding dialogue with worldwide sports organizations for further cooperation with the global Olympic Committee, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"We do not agree with this decision, we believe it to be unfair". It also called on Russian authorities to hand over all electronic files and stored urine samples from the national anti-doping agency's laboratory in Moscow, something officials have refused to do.

WADA rejected Russia's reinstatement because technical requirements had not been met, he said. However, the International Olympic Committee this month stripped two Russian athletes of one gold and four silver medals won in Sochi after ruling that they'd violated anti-doping rules, and said that cases against other competitors would be heard over the next few weeks.

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