Of­fi­cials call Wada’s plan to ban Rus­sia harsh

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Rus­sian sports of­fi­cials have crit­i­cised the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (Wada) com­mit­tee for say­ing that the coun­try should be banned from the Olympics for four years. The rec­om­men­da­tions, pub­lished on Mon­day, mean Rus­sia could miss out on the next two Olympic Games and world cham­pi­onships in a wide range of sports. Wada’s in­de­pen­dent com­pli­ance re­view com­mit­tee said the ban should be im­ple­mented after Mos­cow pro­vided with lab­o­ra­tory data that was found to have been doc­tored. “It’s sad. I can only call th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions un­fair,” Umar Krem­lev, head of Rus­sia’s box­ing fed­er­a­tion, said. “Rus­sia plays an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of global sport. How can such a coun­try be banned?” Dmitry Svishchev, pres­i­dent of Rus­sia’s curl­ing fed­er­a­tion said: “Rus­sia has made great progress in fight­ing dop­ing. To pun­ish the next gen­er­a­tion in such a harsh man­ner is too much.”

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