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IOC decision reinforces conclusions of McLaren, Russia must accept them - WADA

December 07, 2017, 2:40 UTC+3 LAUSANNE

Doping-free athletes from Russia could go to the 2018 Olympic Games in the status of neutral athletes

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LAUSANNE /Switzerland /, December 7. The decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the participation of Russian athletes in the 2018 Olympics reinforces the conclusions of the independent commissions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), led by Richard Pound and Richard McLaren, the Russian party should accept their conclusions in order to restore its anti-doping system, according to a written statement of WADA spokesperson received by TASS.

On Tuesday, the IOC Executive Committee decided to temporarily suspend the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and to ban the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations. The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russia could go to the 2018 Olympic Games in the status of neutral athletes.

"Yesterday’s decision simply reinforces the findings from WADA’s Pound and McLaren Investigations. The facts are clear. WADA has also been very clear as to the two criteria that remain in order for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency to be reinstated as Code complaint," the statement says.

The first criterion implies that "the responsible authorities for anti-doping in Russia must publically accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation," the statement stresses.

WADA is encouraged by Russia’s progress

The second criterion implies that "the Russian Government must provide access for appropriate entities to the stored samples and electronic data in the Moscow Laboratory, which are sealed off due to a Federal investigation."

"It should be noted however that WADA is encouraged by the significant progress achieved by RUSADA under its new Management with the support of WADA. However, the Agency believes that fulfilling the two outstanding Roadmap criteria is critical to global confidence and to operating in a credible environment. The Agency continues its efforts with Russia to ensure a robust, independent and sustainable anti-doping program," according to the statement.

McLaren’s Commission conducted its investigation in 2016. It revealed that in 2011-2015, Russia had a "doping system", which was supported at the departmental level. In 2015, Pound’s Commission studied anti-doping violations in Russian track and field athletics.

The upcoming Olympics, which are 23rd Winter Games, will take place in South Korea’s PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018.

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