Anti-doping agencies call for Russia Winter Olympics ban

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"The comments made.omit entirely all the work that's been done to develop proper anti-doping systems in Russia", Reedie said.

However, Alexander Zhukov said Wada "didn't support this position".

Asked whether he expects Russian Federation to have a team at the Winter Games, which take place from 9-25 February in South Korea, Zhukov said: "Yes, sure".

The national anti-doping organisation leaders also urged Russia to take public responsibility for what it called "its fraudulent actions" detailed in the Richard McLaren report, which claimed that over 1,000 Russian athletes had benefited from state-sponsored doping between 2011 and 2015. The IOC, however, has set no such requirement. Urged by President Thomas Bach, the IOC refused to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio Games and instead sent the individual cases to the global sports federations, which had only a matter of days to determine the status of hundreds of athletes. For instance, none of them pursued interviews Dr. Rodchenkov, who went into hiding in the United States after two senior Russian Anti-Doping Agency officials involved with the scandal, Vyacheslav Sinyev and Nikita Kamaev, died unexpectedly in the same month.

"It's absolutely in line with the process, and frankly, it's nothing unexpected", Wada Director General Olivier Niggli told The Associated Press on Wednesday at meetings of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). That irritated some International Olympic Committee members, especially Reedie, who took time in his presentation to assail the leaders. "We are working, and we do not have any pessimistic moods".

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"We see the sport is really growing and we are looking forward to further develop the sport in China along with the Chinese Equestrian Association", he added.

"There are stunning venues proposed for equestrian in both 2024 and 2028 and they offer a really exciting opportunity for the FEI to help both organising teams deliver the Games in the most cost-effective way".

"We can only disqualify athletes. It must be clear months before", said Camiel Eurlings, a committee member from the Netherlands. This is just the position of several Nados. You have to respect the procedure.

"They should let the electoral board run the process without interference", they said in a statement.

"This is especially unfair when athletes are punished when they violate the rules".

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Russian Federation escaped a blanket ban at the 2016 Rio Olympics although it was, and remains, barred from competing in athletics.

"I believe that ethics is essential to the success of any organization", Ban said at the IOC Session. "I would like to thank the IOC Members for their belief in me and will be honoured to serve the Olympic Movement".

Read the factsheet for more background, key figures and the list of IOC Disciplinary Commission decisions.

International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald said evidence gathered so far will be combined with results of tests to determine whether urine and blood sample bottles had been tampered with, to replace positive samples with clean samples.

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