Rus­sia anti-dop­ing body un­likely to be cleared be­fore Rio: WADA chief

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LONDON—The head of the World An­ti­Dop­ing Agency said on Satur­day that Rus­sia’s anti-dop­ing author­ity was un­likely to be de­clared com­pli­ant with world sports rules be­fore the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

“As far as the Rus­sian anti-dop­ing agency is con­cerned, I think it highly un­likely that that or­gan­i­sa­tion would be com­pli­ant by the time of the games in Rio,” WADA Pres­i­dent Craig Reedie told BBC ra­dio in an in­ter­view on Satur­day.

A re­port on Rus­sia’s com­pli­ance with dop­ing rules would be sent to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee which would then rule on whether the coun­try’s track and field ath­letes can take part in the Aug 5-21 Games in Brazil, he said.

It would also be sent to the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions which has to take a de­ci­sion on whether to lift a sus­pen­sion on Rus­sia’s track and field fed­er­a­tion.

Al­le­ga­tions about sys­temic dop­ing in Rus­sian sport have been rum­bling for months, but Moscow has been able to ar­gue that the wit­nesses were un­re­li­able and if there was wrong­do­ing, it was just a few iso­lated cases. But com­ments by Grig­ory Rod­chenkov, the for­mer head of Rus­sian sport’s anti-dop­ing lab­o­ra­tory, in what he de­scribed as an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme to cheat at the Sochi Olympics takes the cri­sis over drugs in Rus­sian sport to a new level of sever­ity.

A Krem­lin spokesman denied Rod­chenkov’s al­le­ga­tions, made in an in­ter­view with the New York Times, say­ing they amounted to “slan­der by a turn­coat”.

The chair of WADA’s ath­letes com­mit­tee said on Thurs­day that Rus­sian ath­letes should be banned from the Rio Olympics un­less there are guar­an­tees that they are drug free.

Fur­ther al­le­ga­tions of drug use by Rus­sian ath­letes ap­peared in US media this week and Reedie told the BBC he was “hor­ri­fied” by the claims, which have been denied by Rus­sia.

“If these al­le­ga­tions are true, and they have to be in­ves­ti­gated, then what has ap­peared to have hap­pened is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able and peo­ple can draw their own con­clu­sions from those facts,” he said.

Reedie also said he as­sumed a large per­cent­age of the Rus­sian team would be clean ath­letes.—Agen­cies

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