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1. “Cheating Russia” should be banned from 2016 Olympics.
There is a call to ban Russia’s track and field athletes from the 2016 Olympics after a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and carried out by ex-president Dick Pound, uncovered a “deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels” within Russian athletics.
Pound’s report released overnight details “corruption and bribery practices at the highest levels of international athletics,” evidence of which has been transmitted to international crime-fighting organisation Interpol for further investigation.
Pound, addressing the media from Geneva said “As the investigation went on we discovered information that not only related to sport corruption in the general sense of it, but also to possible criminal actions as well,”
The WADA report found that testing laboratory director Grigory Rodchenko “personally ordered and authorised” 1,417 doping control samples be destroyed three days before WADA arrived in Moscow last December.
It even suggests the London 2012 Olympics — in which Russia won 24 gold medals — were “in a sense, sabotaged by the admission of athletes who should have not been competing.”
It criticises an “inexplicable laissez-fair policy” adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — the sport’s governing body — and recommends five athletes and five coaches, all from Russia, are issued with life bans including Olympic 800m champion Maria Savanova,
Pound said “For the 2016 Olympics our recommendation is that the Russian Federation is suspended. One of our hopes is that they will volunteer that so they can undertake the remedial work needed.”
Russia’s anti-doping agency responded that the report’s findings were “baseless”.
Dick Pound presents his findings at the news conference..