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Athletes under suspicion in WADA’s report not on Russia’s 2016 Olympic team

January 19, 19:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The All-Russia Athletics Federation said that in a statement on Tuesday
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MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Russian track and field athletes mentioned in the report of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission were not included in the country’s national Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Games, the All-Russia Athletics Federation said in its statement on Tuesday.

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activities of ARAF, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

The Russian athletes mentioned in the Independent Commission’s report are Yevgenia Zolotova, Lilia Shobukhova, Sergei Kirdyapkin, Vladimir Kanaikin, Valery Borchin, Olga Kaniskina, Sergei Bakulin, Tatiana Myazina, Anastasia Bazdyreva, Yekaterina Poistogova, Kristina Ugarova and Maria Savinova.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced on Monday that between 60 and 70 field and track athletes have chances of taking spots in the Russian national Olympic squad for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.

Following the Independent Commission’s report RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the decision of the agency’s Independent Committee that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by ARAF on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.

Mutko traveled on November 25-26 to Germany’s Frankfurt, where he met with the administration of WADA, and a Road Map on the settlement of the current situation was drafted as a result of that meeting.

The WADA Independent Commission was set up and began its work, following a series of German documentaries, first aired in December 2014, on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russia’s field and track athletes.

In December 2014, German TV Channel ARD aired a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.

On August 1 last year, ARD released another documentary "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics." The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations, which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.

ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.

The Sunday Times also alleged that Russian athletes suspected of doping abuse had won 80% of medals for their country at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012.

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