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Wada: Russia should be banned from athletics competition over doping after 'sabotaging' London 2012 Olympics

Wada say the Russian federation has been 'non-compliant' with the global anti-doping code

By Jack de Menezes

Published 09/11/2015

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World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission says Russia's athletics federation should be suspended and its track and field athletes banned from competition until the country cleans up its act on doping.

In a damning 323-page report, the commission recommends that the Wada immediately declare the Russian federation "non-compliant" with the global anti-doping code, and that the IAAF suspend the federation from competition.

The report recommends that the International Olympic Committee not accept any entries from the Russian federation until the body has been declared complaint with the code and the suspension has been lifted.

Such a decision could keep Russian athletes out of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The reports states that the London 2012 Olympics were “sabotaged” by “widespread inaction” against Russian athletes who held suspicious doping profiles by the IAAF and the Russian federation, who have also been accused of intentionally destroying 1,400 samples after receiving written notification from Wada to preserve target samples.

Wada also found “consistent and systematic use of performance enhancing drugs by many Russian athletes” and criticised the action taken against them by the relevant federations responsible for investigating such allegations.

The report read: “This report outlines consistent and systematic use of performance enhancing drugs by many Russian athletes. This Report also identified a high percentage of the athletes who were unwilling to participate in the IC investigation. The IC also found that many athletes were not filing accurate contact information for whereabouts purposes and many who clearly refused to cooperate with the investigation.”

It added: “This Report confirms allegations that some Russian doctors and/or laboratory personnel acted as enables for systematic cheating along with athletics coaches.

“This Report also identifies the intentional and malicious destruction of more than 1,400 samples by Moscow laboratory officials after receiving written notification from Wada to preserve target samples.

“The investigation has revealed many instances of inadequatre testing and poor compliance around testing standards.

But the Wada report says "timely action" by Russian authorities "should mean that no significant competitions will be missed."

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