17 national anti-doping agencies call for Russia ban

Brazilian sailor Robert Scheidt delivered the Athlete Oath at the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016

Brazilian sailor Robert Scheidt delivered the Athlete Oath at the Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016

In strongly worded comments following a meeting between 17 anti-doping agencies in Colorado, which included the US Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping, the organisations also warned the IOC that its continuing reluctance to hold Russian Federation to account for what it called "one of the biggest scandals in sports history" at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 threatens the future of the Olympic movement.

Over a two-day meeting, NADO leaders called on the IOC to ban the Russian Olympic Committee from participation in the 2018 Winter Games for proven corruption of the Sochi Olympic Games and continuing failure in its obligations to clean sport. "I want to make it quite clear that most of what they say in their press release is not policy, and is not helpful".

"I believe that ethics is essential to the success of any organization", Ban said at the IOC Session.

The report said the Russian doping activity involved 1,000 athletes in 30 different sports, both winter and summer.

A group of the world's leading national anti-doping organisations have called for Russian Federation to be excluded from the next Winter Olympics over what they are calling "one of the biggest scandals in sports history". "Now, several years later, remains too little evidence", said WADA Director General Olivier Niggli (eng.lang.). "We're right back in the same situation, where even if the evidence is a slam dunk, they're not going to have time to make it have any meaningful outcome". This commission has the power to open investigations against members of the International Olympic Committee and proposing sanctions then imposed by the executive board.

In resolving the case against Russia's suspended antidoping agency (Rusada), Wada has insisted the agency, the country's Olympic committee and its sports ministry "publically accept the outcomes of the McLaren Investigation".

"It's our event, for (goodness) sake", Pound told AP.

Anita L DeFrantz (US), who joined the IOC in 1985, was elected as an IOC Vice-President. "We missed a huge opportunity in Rio".

Oswald's investigation was triggered by a 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency report that found widespread doping and cover-ups in Russian sports and revealed a scheme for covering up positive drug samples from Russian athletes in Sochi by replacing them with clean samples.

Russian track and field athletes were barred from the Rio Olympics previous year and from the athletics World Championships in London last month.

Niggli cautioned that it will be hard to pursue some cases, because the Russian scheme involved disposing of tainted samples, and the Russians were not cooperative with McLaren in turning over evidence.

Meanwhile, Russian officials are showing no signs of acknowledging they ran a state-sponsored doping program. But the International Olympic Committee has made no such requirements.

"This choice is also a new sports milestone and provides credit and added value to the Omani Olympic Movement which began to bear fruit thanks to the considerable endeavors made by OOC Board in support of Omani sport in various global arenas", the OOC statement said.

But the clock is ticking.

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