Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban

Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban

Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban

Written by Staff Writer

10 Nov, 2015 | 1:50 pm

Leading figures have responded to a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report, which has recommended Russia should be banned from competition.

Commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and carried out by the organization’s former president, Dick Pound, the findings uncovered a “deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels” within Russian athletics.

The report says more than 1,400 samples were “intentionally and maliciously” destroyed by a Moscow laboratory even after a WADA plea to preserve them.

It even suggests the London 2012 Olympics — in which Russia won 24 gold medals — were “in a sense, sabotaged by the admission of athletes who should have not been competing.”

British sports minister Tracey Crouch called the findings an “extraordinarily dark day for athletics”.

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