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Reedie defends WADA role in the Russian doping scandal

11 February 2018, 03:22 | Taylor George

Reedie defends WADA role in the Russian doping scandal

Reedie defends WADA role in the Russian doping scandal

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes the announcement today by the Ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which dismissed the application filed on 6 February 2018 by 32 Russian athletes against the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The conflict unfolded at the same time as the opening ceremonies at the summer Olympic games in Beijing-with Putin, then prime minister and Russia's leader in all but name, in attendance alongside U.S. president George W. Bush, who did not look pleased.

The review was the only path to the Olympics for these athletes, after the International Olympic Committee laid down its punishment for a systematic scheme of doping and cover-ups that was uncovered as part of an investigation into Russian athletes who participated in the Sochi Games of 2014.

The announcement, delivered by CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb, means athletes such as Olympic skeleton champion Alexander Tretiakov and Olympic cross-country skiing gold medallist Alexander Legkov are barred from participating at Pyeongchang 2018.

Fifteen of the 47 who lost their bids on Friday were among a group of 28 who controversially had life bans from the Olympics overturned last week by CAS.

The delegation of athletes deemed "clean" by the IOC will instead participate as "Olympic Athletes of Russia" under the neutral Olympic flag.

OAR stands for Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation.

"We regret this. We are taking this decision into consideration. and undoubtedly we will continue to help athletes to stand up for their rights", Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

When Russian sports officials first rented the cavernous Aqua Wedding Hall for the Pyeongchang Olympics, they wanted to brand it the Russian Fans' House.

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The Russian team at the 2010 Vancouver Games had 179 members, according to the IOC. "I think they [the IOC] have let down clean athletes".

"I think a problem [with doping] exists in every country, but what we are witnessing now is an attempt to get rid of those who can win medals".

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Speaker of the Russian parliament's lower chamber, Vyacheslav Volodin, said that the proposal to make an official statement would be discussed by Duma deputies during the Friday's plenary meeting.

Track and field athlete Yulia Stepanova and her husband Vitaly, who went public about doping in Russian Federation back in 2014, has accused WADA of doing nothing after they had tried for years to pass on information to the anti-doping body.

While Russian stars like speed skater Viktor Ahn and cross-country skier Sergey Ustyugov have not met the International Olympic Committee criteria for competing, the squad is still packed with medal contenders in many sports.

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