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WADA Calls For Ban on Russia from 2016 Olympics

by Niall Doran


The World Anti-Doping Agency who is the organisation responsible for the policing of doping in sports at the Olympic Games, has released a damming (alleged) report on Russian sports looking to participate at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The extensive report available here alleges that a wide spectrum of sports in Russia were found to be allegedly in violation of anti-doping rules.

The report goes into detail on how their findings allegedly uncovered State backed doping in Russia and even goes as far as to call for Russian officials not to be allowed entry at this year’s Olympic Games.

WADA have termed their findings the ‘McLaren Investigation Report’ which is based around seven main points as per the their official website:

  1. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to consider, under their respective Charters, to decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee.
  2. The International Federations (IFs) from sports implicated in the McLaren Report to consider their responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) as far as their Russian National Federations (NFs) are concerned.
  3. Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including Rio 2016.
  4. The Russian National Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to remain non-compliant under the Code and its staffing and independence to be further reviewed by WADA.
  5. The accreditation process of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow (Moscow laboratory) to be stopped.
  6. The FIFA Ethics Committee to look into allegations concerning football and the role played by a member of its Executive Committee, Minister Vitaly Mutko.
  7. Professor McLaren and his team to complete their mandate provided WADA can secure the funding that would be required.

From a boxing perspective, Russia currently have nine men and two women qualified so far for the Rio Games and traditionally Russia have done very well at the Olympics in boxing, so this news could come as a huge blow if it were decided that the entire Russian Olympic team would be removed.

The final decision will lay with the Olympic Committee in the coming weeks before the Games get underway next month.

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