Kuwait have been suspended, WADA director general Olivier Niggli told insidethegames, because he claimed their anti-doping programme was not working and Government legislation does not recognise the authority of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s decision not to reinstate Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA was expected and had been nearly announced beforehand, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS. The move by Wada...
At issue are WADA's demands that Russian officials admit they ran a state-sponsored doping program, as detailed in a report issued previous year by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren, and that the country turn over doping samples collected during the time of the cheating.
At the meetings held in Seoul, WADA also approved an International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which specifies a range of sanctions and procedures when sports organisations or countries are not compliant with the international anti-doping regulations they have signed. The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide on December 5 on possible penalties against Russian Federation for the 2018 Games that take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.
The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren accused Russia's secret service and sports ministry of orchestrating a plot that included using a "mousehole" to replace dirty samples at the Sochi doping laboratory.
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"We accept the fact our national anti-doping system has failed". It refused to reinstate RUSADA saying that the agency is non-complaint with WADA's code.
"We were not surprised by WADA's decision". 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. "Please let us be compliant".
"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". They also audited the body in September.