: Rio Olympics 2016: WADA criticises IOC for failing to ban Russian team - BBC

09:53 Jul. 25, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: WADA criticises IOC for failing to ban Russian team - BBC

The Olympics rings are seen on a fence in front of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia, July 24, 2016 (AP Photo)

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is "disappointed" its recommendation to ban Russia from next month's Olympic Games in Rio has been rejected

Following the country's doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee has left it up to individual sports' federations to ban Russian competitors.

Read also Russian athletes allowed to take part in 2016 Rio Olympics

WADA "stands by" its recommendation last month of a full Russia team ban.

Read more WADA calls for Russia to be banned from 2016 Rio Olympics

And WADA chief Olivier Niggli said the IOC's decision will "inevitably" mean "lesser protection for clean athletes". WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said investigators had "exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code".

There was also concern expressed for Yulia Stepanova, the Russian runner whose evidence was behind the doping evidence discovered, but will now not be allowed to compete in Rio under a neutral flag. Full story 

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