CAS bans doc­tor for life over Rus­sian dop­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MOSCOW: The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) has is­sued a life ban against doc­tor Sergei Por­tu­galov, the al­leged mas­ter­mind of dop­ing in Rus­sian track and field, Rus­sia’s ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day.

“The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport in Lau­sanne has ruled on a life ban for Sergei Por­tu­galov,” the fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment.

Por­tu­galov was found “guilty of vi­o­lat­ing sev­eral ar­ti­cles” of IAAF Anti-Dop­ing Reg­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing the pos­ses­sion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of pro­hib­ited sub­stances, it added.

The World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) rec­om­mended in a 2015 re­port that Por­tu­galov take no part in any state sports pro­gramme af­ter he was found to have supplied ath­letes with banned per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

WADA said Por­tu­galov, who had served as the head of the Rus­sian ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion’s med­i­cal com­mis­sion, was “very ac­tive in the con­spir­acy to cover up ath­letes’ pos­i­tive tests in ex­change for a per­cent­age of their win­nings.”

The agency said that Por­tu­galov ad­min­is­tered the dop­ing pro­grammes and “even in­jected ath­letes him­self.”

Rus­sia has been barred from in­ter­na­tional track and field com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing the Rio Olympics, since Novem­ber 2015 fol­low­ing the damn­ing re­port pre­sent­ing ev­i­dence of state-spon­sored dop­ing in the sport.

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