Russian Federation anti-doping body to 'continue its work' after WADA ban

Russian Federation anti-doping body to 'continue its work' after WADA ban

Russian Federation anti-doping body to 'continue its work' after WADA ban

On Thursday, the WADA Foundation Board held a meeting in Seoul.

"WADA's decision to maintain suspension on Russian Federation anti-doping agency doesn't directly decide whether the country can participate in the games", said Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang organising committee (POCOG).

Reacting to the WADA decision, the IOC said they "will take all the circumstances, including all the measures to ensure a level-playing field at the Olympic Winter Games 2018, into consideration when it decides on the participation of the Russian athletes in Pyeongchang".

The independent McLaren report detailed a state-sponsored doping conspiracy from 2011 to 2015, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where the hosts topped the medals table.

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

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The IOC has said it will decide on Russia's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea during its executive board meeting being held from December 5-7. "We of course do not agree with the decision - we consider it unjust". Russian officials have continued to refuse to accept the findings of state-sponsored doping and are still refusing to allow inspectors into Rusada's Moscow laboratory. "We denounced, and continue to denounce, accusations that cases of doping had some kind of state support", Peskov said.

The chief of the USA anti-doping agency described the latest development as "another sad moment in this entire sordid affair".

Yuri Ganus, director general of RUSADA, said the agency had done everything ii could to be reinstated apart from two criteria that had not been met and were out of its control. 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.

"We are ready to go forward and work openly in the full standards of WADA".

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