WADA refuses to reinstate Russia's Winter Olympics athletes


The IOC is set to decide on Russia's participation at its executive board meeting early next month.

The agency, also known as WADA, ruled after a meeting of top officials in Seoul Thursday that Russia's anti-doping body should remain blacklisted following an investigation that exposed a vast program of drugs cheating, including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"We have what we have, but RUSADA continues working". Technically, they have improved hugely since compliance was removed.

"Such a decision from WADA is, without doubt, very unpleasant information, very unpleasant news", Peskov said, TASS reported.

"It is a sensitive issue, and we are waiting for IOC's official decision for now".

"We denied and categorically deny any accusations that any instances of doping were sponsored by the state".

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Putin personally oversaw the $50 billion preparations for the Sochi Games, the most expensive in Olympic history.

"We accept the fact our national anti-doping system has failed".

"It is clear that an unconditional recognition of the McLaren Report is impossible", Zhukov added. It refused to reinstate RUSADA saying that the agency is non-complaint with WADA's code. However, the International Olympic Committee this month stripped two Russian athletes of one gold and four silver medals won in Sochi after ruling that they'd violated anti-doping rules, and said that cases against other competitors would be heard over the next few weeks. "I guarantee RUSADA will be fully independent, it is a totally new organisation". "Please let us be compliant". Ganus said at a press conference on Thursday.

Progress has been made and WADA has them the right to collect samples. Last week, WADA announced it had received from a whistleblower a database containing testing data from a Moscow laboratory covering the time period between January 2012 and August 2015. Russian Federation escaped a blanket ban at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but remains barred from competing in worldwide athletics events.

Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius had also been found non-compliant by the Board, it added.