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BUSTED!! Report: Widespread Doping In Russian Track And Field (PODCAST)

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WSJ: Anti-Doping Commission finds Russia engaged in state-sponsored doping

Post by Admin on Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:59 pm

An independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency has found that Russia for years has engaged in state-sponsored doping, recommending Russian track-and-field athletes be suspended from Olympic competition in 2016 and setting up what is likely to be a contentious battle between Russia and international sport officials, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The move to suspend Russia would be among the most drastic taken against a national sports federation, Matthew Futterman, Sara Germano and Paul Sonne wrote in an article titled "Anti-Doping Commission Finds Russia Engaged in State-Sponsored Doping," published by the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

According to a report released Monday, Russia took part in a systemic and state-sponsored doping program for several years, including in the run-up to and during the Sochi winter Olympic Games. The commission's investigation was focused on track and field, but its findings on the corruption of Russia's antidoping organization and its Ministry of Sport suggested that other sports were involved.

Russian officials on Monday said they were still reviewing the findings of the report, but said the antidoping commission didn't have authority to suspend Russian athletes from Olympic competition. Other Russian officials immediately tried to cast the commission's report as part of a political vendetta by the West against Russia.

Sebastian Coe, president of track and field's global governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, said the findings of the commission's report are alarming, and that he has asked the sport's leadership council to immediately begin considering sanctions against the Russian track and field federation.

A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee called the report "deeply shocking." In a statement, the IOC said the IAAF should do "whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport," leaving the door open for the suspension of Russia's athletics team.

The WADA report said that "the [independent WADA committee] has found that not only was leadership in the fight against doping in sport lacking, but also that there were organized efforts on the part of many senior coaches and officials, inside and outside Russia, to promote doping and make it possible for such efforts to be successful, including the coverup of certain positive cases of doping."

The report alleged that Russian security services interfered with a Moscow antidoping lab ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics as part of a conspiracy that involved all levels of Russian sport, including having agents present in the lab. During the Sochi Games, Russia pulled off a stunning turnaround from its performance in Vancouver in 2010, where it won 3 gold medals and 15 overall. In 2014, Russia won 13 gold medals and 33 overall.

"The Moscow laboratory is not operationally independent from [the Russian antidoping agency] RUSADA or the Ministry of Sport," the report stated. "Its impartiality, judgment and integrity were compromised by the surveillance of the [Russian Security Service] FSB within the laboratory during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games."

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said his ministry would issue a statement later in the day on Monday. "It shouldn't be misunderstood—the commission doesn't have the right to suspend anyone," he told the Russian sports newswire R-Sport. Alla Glushchenko, a spokeswoman for the All-Russia Athletic Federation, said there was no immediate comment on WADA's accusations.

Whether or when actions are taken on the independent commission's recommendations now fall to several authorities. The IAAF said in a statement that it has already begun considering sanctions against the Russian track and field federation, ARAF, including provisional and full suspension from future global track events......................

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World athletics braces for doping scandal

Post by Admin on Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:33 pm

The head of world athletics has said the sport faces a long road to rebuild trust. A report will be released later today Monday - investigating bribery, extortion and a doping cover-up in track and field…. The comments come as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is set to release a report into widespread bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups that will hit track and field, especially in Russia.

From Deutsche Welle:

Ahead of what could be a damning report into corruption and doping in world athletics, the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Sunday that the sport would have to reform and rebuild trust.

“I'm angry about the position our sport is in today. I'm shocked, I'm angered and dismayed. These are dark days,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe told AP. “We shouldn't kid ourselves,” he added. “It's going to be a long way back to rebuilding trust.”

The comments come as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is set to release a report into widespread bribery, extortion and doping cover-ups that will hit track and field, especially in Russia.

The report was triggered by a documentary on German broadcaster ARD last December, which alleged widespread doping in athletics and some other summer and winter Olympic sports. The documentary hit Russia particularly hard, implicating Russian sports and anti-doping officials of bribery, covering up positive doping tests, falsifying tests and supplying banned drugs.

The Moscow lab implicated in the cover-up did testing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and is slated to do anti-doping when Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup. Moscow hosted the track and field world championships in 2013.



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BUSTED!! Report: Widespread Doping In Russian Track And Field (PODCAST)

Post by Admin on Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:48 pm

"deeply rooted culture of cheating" and use of performance-enhancing drugs by Russian athletes and coaches. It is calling for Russia to be suspended from international track events. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who helped break the story.

Coe promises to rebuild athletes and restore trust after Russia corruption scandal

The IAAF are expected to face fresh allegations tomorrow when a report compiled by the WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canada's Richard Pound [in photo], will publish its findings… There have been widespread calls for Russia to be banned from next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a result of the allegations. Also, a “Red Card Russia” campaign to deny Russia the hosting rights to the 2018 Football World Cup is expected to gain momentum.

By Duncan Mackay for Inside the Games, Nov 8, 2015

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe has claimed he is more determined than ever to rebuild this sport and restore trust following the scandal involving his predecessor Lamine Diack, who allegedly accepted cash to cover up positive doping cases involving Russian athletes.

Coe was making his first public response since Diack was placed under official investigation.

The 82-year-old Senegalese is alleged to have received “more than €1 million” in bribes since 2011 to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athletes, the office of France's financial prosecutor said during last week.

Coe told the BBC Radio 5 programme Sportsweek there was clear shock, anger and sadness...these are dark days for our sport.

The double Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist added “That people in our sport have allegedly extorted money from athletes guilty of doping violations is abhorrent.

Coe's response came as The Sunday Times in London claimed that Olympic gold and silver medallists from London 2012 are among eight Russian athletes who paid bribes to avoid suspensions after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Russia won a total of 17 medals in athletics at London 2012, including eight gold and four silver.

The Commission, chaired by former WADA President Richard Pound, is also expected to confirm all the major allegations made last December by German broadcaster ARD.

These include that Grigory Rodchenkov, head of the WADA-accredited lab in Moscow, was involved in the falsifying of doping athletes; that suspicious blood values recorded in samples from a number of athletes, known to the IAAF were not followed-up properly; and that some athletes in other sports, including biathlon, cycling, skiing and weightlifting, were deliberately not tested.



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