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Russian Fencing Federation analyzing WADA report data on four athletes

July 25, 17:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the report, four doping-positive samples of Russian fencers were exposed in a period from 2011 to 2015
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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Fencing Federation is analyzing the latest report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concerning four Russian fencers allegedly accused of doping abuses, the federation’s president, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, told TASS on Monday.

The WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

Thus, according to the report, four doping-positive samples of Russian fencers were exposed in a period from 2011 to 2015.

"A doping abuse case had been opened against one of these four athletes a month before the period covered by the report," Pozdnyakov said. "One more female athlete had her anti-doping test taken a week before the European fencing championships of the last year in Switzerland. Nothing prohibited was found in her sample. I find it difficult to say how RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) could have concealed information from us and sent them to the tournament. We are yet to see whether it was an act of sabotage or not, but the whole affair won’t hold water."

At its conference call on July 24, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided against barring the Russian national team from participation in the Rio Olympics. A decision on admitting Russian athletes to the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil should be taken by the relevant international sports federations, the IOC resolved.

"Our athletes meet all the criteria advanced by the International Olympic Committee, and there are no problems from the point of view of the International Fencing Federation. All those licensed for the Olympics meet these criteria. As for WADA’s claims to one of the reserve athlete, I’d prefer not to tell his name as we have a number of questions to the WADA report," Pozdnyakov said.

The summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.

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