Ri­vals con­tinue to lobby for Rus­sia ban


WASH­ING­TON, D.C. A day af­ter the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency dis­missed 95 cases of sus­pected Rus­sian dop­ing cit­ing lack of ev­i­dence, 16 na­tional anti-dop­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the United States Anti-Dop­ing Agency, de­manded Rus­sia still be banned from next year’s Win­ter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“A coun­try’s sport lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions should not be given cre­den­tials to the Olympics when they in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­late the rules and rob clean ath­letes. This is es­pe­cially un­fair when ath­letes are pun­ished when they vi­o­late the rules,” the 16 or­ga­ni­za­tions, col­lec­tively called the Na­tional An­tiDop­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said Thurs­day in a state­ment fol­low­ing two days of meet­ings in Colorado.

NADO, which con­sists of an­tidop­ing lead­ers from the United States, Aus­tria, Aus­tralia, Bri­tain, Canada, Den­mark, Fin­land, France, Ger­many, Ire­land, Ja­pan, the Nether­lands, New Zealand, Nor­way, Sin­ga­pore and Swe­den, said it sup­ported al­low­ing some Rus­sian ath­letes to com­pete un­der a neu­tral flag if they could be prop­erly cleared.

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