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Russian diplomat calls on OSCE to condemn discrimination in sport

September 19, 16:49 UTC+3 WARSAW
A diplomat believes Russian athletes were deprived of a possibility of taking part in the Rio Games without any serious grounds
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WARSAW, September 19. /RASS/. A Russian high-ranking foreign ministry official on Monday called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to condemn discrimination in sport in the wake of suspension of Russian athletes from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.

"The current scandalous situation in the sports world is a glaring example of discrimination on political and nationality grounds," Anatoly Viktorov, director of the ministry’s humanitarian cooperation and human rights department, said at the opening of the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.

"As is known, Russian athletes were deprived of a possibility of taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro without any serious grounds. It is an open violation of relevant documents, in particular the Helsinki Act," he said.

"It looks especially cynical in respect of people with disabilities. Not only it runs counter to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but is simply immoral. The OSCE must condemn discrimination in sport and we suggest a relevant resolution be worded and adopted by foreign ministers in Hamburg," Viktorov said.

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), chaired by Canadian sports law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a 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.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.


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