‘Fresh look’ at Russian doping
The leader of the IOC pledged that he supports reopening the Russian doping case, promising “a fresh look” at the new evidence after allegations that critical lab data was manipulated before it was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
IOC president Thomas Bach said Friday at the world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar. Track’s international federation (IAAF) earlier this week extended the suspension of the organization that oversees Russia’s track program.
Russians are at the worlds as neutral athletes without their flag.
WADA gave Russia three weeks to explain the manipulation of data from the Moscow lab, which was being used to pursue cases against cheaters at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and other events. Russia’s anti-doping agency could face suspension again if tampering is confirmed.
Russia’s track federation has been banned by the IAAF since 2015.
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— News services