Russian anti-doping agency suspended for non-compliance

Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:32pm EST
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By Steve Keating

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency continued to crack down on Russia drug cheats on Wednesday by suspending the country's anti-doping agency amid calls to extend investigations to other countries and sports.

The decision to suspend the Russian Anti-Doping Agency for non-compliance had the full support of WADA's foundation board and follows the international anti-doping commission's report that detailed a widespread doping scandal in the country.

A Moscow lab which processed blood and urine samples from Russian athletes on behalf of the Russian athletics federation had already been decertified and handed a six-month provisional suspension.

A WADA disciplinary committee was appointed to look at a the possible longer suspension or recertification.

Former WADA President Dick Pound, who headed the independent commission, said the probe found cover-ups, bribes to conceal positive tests, destruction of samples and evidence of Russian state security services of colluding with the country's athletics federation to enable athletes to freely dope.

Russia were barred last week by the IAAF and can only return to athletics competition once they have proven they have set up a new framework to stop doping.

Israel, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine were also found non-compliant of the WADA Code and can no longer conduct anti-doping programs.

Brazil, which will host next year's Summer Olympics, France, Belgium, Greece, Mexico and Spain were placed on a compliance "watch list" and have until March to get their house in order and bring their anti-doping programs in line with the WADA Code.   Continued...

A man walks outside an office of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia, November 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov