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Wada set to uphold Russian Federation ban from winter Olympics

17 November 2017, 01:50 | Denise Dawson

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The upholding of the suspension raises the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The IOC is set to decide on Russia's participation at its executive board meeting early next month.

"Western manipulators are abusing their influence over global organizations and playing on our nerves" by leaving Russian participation in doubt, Mikhail Degtyarev, head of the sports, youth and tourism committee in the Duma, said, according to the Sport Express newspaper.

The independent McLaren report detailed a state-sponsored doping conspiracy from 2011 to 2015, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where the hosts topped the medals table.

The Kremlin slammed WADA's decision as unfair, insisting Russian Federation did not have a state-sponsored doping program. "We of course do not agree with the decision - we consider it unjust".

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"We are judging by the recent announcement from [WADA president] Thomas Bach, that the ruling is not directly related to the issue of the Olympic Games".

"It is clear that an unconditional recognition of the McLaren Report is impossible", Zhukov added. However, the International Olympic Committee this month stripped two Russian athletes of one gold and four silver medals won in Sochi after ruling that they'd violated anti-doping rules, and said that cases against other competitors would be heard over the next few weeks. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov hit out at the WADA decision, saying some of the criteria for RUSADA's reinstatement had a "political character", R-Sport news agency reported.

"We are ready to go forward and work openly in the full standards of WADA".

"RUSADA meets all the principles of independence and transparency", Ganus told reporters in Moscow, adding that "according to the number of tests (the agency) will be one of the largest anti-doping agencies in the world". Last week, WADA announced it had received from a whistleblower a database containing testing data from a Moscow laboratory covering the time period between January 2012 and August 2015.

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