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WADA satisfied with CAS ruling on Russian athletes — press release

July 21, 2016, 20:56 UTC+3

WADA firmly believes that this is not about punishing some athletes for the actions of others

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WADA President Craig Reedie

WADA President Craig Reedie


OTTAWA, July 21. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is satisfied with the judgement concerning Russian athletes ruled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) based in Lausanne, WADA said in a press release on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, CAS ruled against the appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), thus closing the doors for Russian track and field athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. According to the CAS ruling, the Olympic Committee of Russia (OCR) cannot nominate for the Games the Russian athletes who are not compliant with IAAF criteria.

"WADA firmly believes that this is not about punishing some athletes for the actions of others," WADA President Craig Reedie said. "It is about the IAAF requiring its member National Federation, ARAF, to live up to the IAAF’s World Anti-Doping Code compliant rules by enforcing them effectively in their jurisdiction. This is vital to ensure that all athletes are competing on a level playing-field."

WADA’s Independent Commission published on November 9 last year results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (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.

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

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