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WADA deals blow to Russia's hopes for Winter Olympics

WADA deals blow to Russia's hopes for Winter Olympics
From CBC - November 16, 2017

The World Anti-Doping Agency hurt Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation.

At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstatement had still not been fulfilled: That Russia publicly accept results of an investigation that detailed state-sponsored doping, and that the country allow access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating.

Russia has depicted the doping program that marred the Sochi Games in 2014 as the work of individuals, not the government. Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee and also a member of the International Olympic Committee, doubled down on that at Thursday's meeting, telling WADA members, "We absolutely deny the existence of a state-sponsored doping system."

"It is clear that an unconditional recognition of the McLaren Report is impossible," Zhukov said. "Such a requirement cannot, and should not serve as an obstacle to the full compliance of RUSADA."

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart described the latest development as "another sad moment in this entire sordid affair."

"There was really no other outcome, based on their unwillingness to admit what the flood of evidence proves," Tygart said. "Now clean athletes are watching anxiously to see if the IOC similarly will take action to finally stand up for their rights or not."

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