Rus­sia looks like a dope

The Western Star - - Sports -

OLYMPICS: A World An­tiDop­ing Agency rec­om­men­da­tion that Rus­sia be banned from all sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions for four years will likely be up­held, the coun­try’s anti-dop­ing chief ex­pects.

WADA’s Com­pli­ance Re­view Com­mit­tee ac­cuses Rus­sia of fal­si­fy­ing lab­o­ra­tory data and has also rec­om­mended the coun­try be banned from stag­ing or bid­ding for ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events for four years.

The rec­om­men­da­tions, which are sup­ported by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, will be de­lib­er­ated by WADA’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee

on De­cem­ber 9 in Paris.

The chief of Rus­sian an­tidop­ing agency RU­SADA, Yury Ganus, con­ceded that the rec­om­men­da­tions were likely to be passed.

“We are plung­ing, for the next four years, into a new phase of Rus­sia’s dop­ing cri­sis ... our ath­letes have be­come hostages of the ac­tions of our sports of­fi­cials,” Ganus said.

Sanc­tions for dop­ing meant Rus­sian track and field ath­letes were barred from the 2016 Olympics, al­though al­lowed to take part in other events, and the ban was widened to in­clude all events at the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

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