Russia should be banned from international athletics, and London 2012 was 'sabotaged', says Wada report


Russia should be banned from international athletics, and London 2012 was 'sabotaged', says Wada report

Inquiry also recommends Russia’s anti-doping lab in Moscow should lose its accreditation and that five athletes and five coaches should be banned for life 

The Wada report is circulated
Sport was engulfed in its biggest ever drugs scandal on Monday after Russia was found guilty of state-sponsored doping which “sabotaged” the London Olympics.
The world’s biggest country was in imminent danger of being banned from the Rio Games following a damning report by an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
That was one of the recommendations of a three-strong panel, a sanction the International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed it would consider imposing in the coming
days.
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The report also proposed that Russia’s anti-doping lab in Moscow should lose its accreditation and that five athletes and five coaches should be banned for life.
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"For 2016, our recommendation is that Russia is suspended. The outcome may be that there are no Russian track-and-field athletes in Rio"
Dick Pound
The Russian government was accused “direct intimidation” over the Moscow lab, with the commission also confirming it had turned over “considerable data” to Interpol after unearthing evidence of “criminal conduct”.
The report threw the credibility of the London Olympics into doubt over the actions or inaction of the IAAF, All-Russia Athletics Federation and Russian Anti-Doping Agency.
It said: “The IC has noted a cumulative lapse of action from the IAAF, ARAF and Rusada in conjunction with pursuing suspicious profiles.
“As a result of this widespread inaction, the Olympic Games in London were, in a sense, sabotaged by the admission of athletes who should have not been competing, and could have been prevented from competing, were it not for the collective and inexplicable laissez-fair policy adopted by the IAAF, Araf and Rusada.”

The chairman of the commission, the former president of Wada Dick Pound, said: “For 2016, our recommendation is that Russia is suspended.
“The outcome may be that there are no Russian track-and-field athletes in Rio.
“If they do the surgery and do the therapy, I hope that they can get there.
“Sometimes, if the conduct is such and it’s not corrected, that’s the price you pay for it.”
The commission investigated allegations made in a German documentary in December, which accused Russia of state-sponsored doping.
“I don’t think there’s any other possible conclusion,” said Pound, who admitted the corruption was “worse that we thought”.
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Dick Pound's verdict was that Russia should be banned from athletics 
Pound said of Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also a member of Fifa’s executive committee: “It was not possible for him to be unaware of it. And if he was aware of it then he was complicit in it.”
IAAF president Lord Coe responded to the report by confirming the governing body’s council would consider banning Russia from future events.
“The information in Wada’s independent commissions report is alarming. We need time to properly digest and understand the detailed findings included in the report. However, I have urged the council to start the process of considering sanctions against Araf. This step has not been taken lightly.
“Our athletes, partners and fans have my total assurance that where there are failures in our governance or our anti-doping programmes we will fix them. We will do whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport.
“The IAAF will continue to offer the police authorities our full co-operation into their ongoing investigation.”
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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), whose investigation brought about the downfall of cyclist Lance Armstrong over a similarly systematic approach to cheating, welcomed the Wada commission's report.
"USADA applauds the work of the Wada Independent Commission in exposing a Russian effort to take over sport through unlawful means," USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement.
"The evidence released today demonstrates a shocking level of corruption, and sends a clear message to Russia that they will not be allowed to cheat the world's athletes and escape justice behind a wall of deception and lies.
"If Russia has created an organised scheme of state-supported doping, then they have no business being allowed to compete on the world stage. The world's athletes deserve better, and all who love clean sport must rise up and confront this threat.
"We will continue to fight on behalf of all clean athletes to ensure that clear and decisive action is taken to sweep out anyone who has been involved with this scheme."
Former 400m runner Katharine Merry, who won bronze for Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said it is now time to "step up the penalties" for drugs cheats following the report.


Interpol, meanwhile, has said it is to coordinate a global investigation - led by France - into "an alleged international corruption scam involving sports officials as well as athletes suspected of a doping cover-up" following WADA's probe into doping.
The statement added: "In the framework of Operation Augeas launched by Interpol, the world police body is now working with member countries potentially linked to the inquiry, including Singapore, to seek assistance in coordinating a global investigative network and support the criminal investigation on the basis of the intelligence gathered by the Independent Commission.
The body says it hopes to publish the full version of its report by the end of 2015.

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