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WADA chief backs 'clean' Russian athletes at 2018 Winter Olympics

IANS  |  Lausanne 

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has no objections whatsoever against the participation of at the 2018 Winter in PyeongChang, given the condition that each national athlete passes a thorough anti-doping examination, WADA President Craig Reedie said.

"I am a official. I played the sport. I do not want people to be denied the opportunity to play sport," Reedie said in an interview with Tass news agency.

"But as far as the are concerned, and particularly after the two and a half years that I have gone through, not personally, but the world of sport has gone through, I will be quite relaxed with the Russian team in PyeongChang on one condition. And that is that every athlete on the Russian team go through proper, robust, efficient anti-doping test programme," Reedie added.

The next Winter Olympics, which are XXIII Winter Olympic Games, will take place in South Korea's PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018.

Beginning last year, Russian athletes were constantly under the gun due to numerous doping abuse accusations. The WADA's Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, conducted an investigation into doping allegations in Russian and eventually came up with two parts to the report, the first delivered in July and the second in early December.

Following the first part of the report, which claimed systematic doping abuse and manipulations in Russian sports, the country's track and field and weightlifting teams were banned from the 2016 in Brazil. The whole Russian Paralympic team was also barred from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

The second part of the McLaren report confirmed the findings and allegations voiced in the first part, which claimed that Russian state officials and the Federal Security Service (FSB) were involved in doping manipulations, particularly swapping the doping results at the 2014 in Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi.



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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 22:00 IST