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.