News from Russia: WADA calls for Russia to be banned from 2016 Rio Olympics

20:03 Jul. 18, 2016

WADA calls for Russia to be banned from 2016 Rio Olympics

Meldonium drug added to World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list on January 1, 2016 (Getty Images)

On June 17, IAAF upheld its overall ban on Russian athletes, imposed over widespread doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency urges to ban Russian athletes from participating in international competitions, including 2016 Rio Olympics.

This is reported by WADA's lead spokesman Ben Nichols.

Read also Dozens of Russians athletes to apply for exemptions to Olympic ban

"WADA calls on Sport Movement to deny Russian athletes participation at international comp including Rio until "culture change" achieved", Nichols writes on Twitter.  

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Earlier, WADA confirmed Russian athletes were doped at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

According to WADA's findings, Russia's Sports Ministry managed, controlled and manipulated results of athletes' tests and their anti-doping tests, with the FSB (Russia's Security Service) participation.

Read also WADA says meldonium in 49 out of 52 adverse tests on Russian athletes

On June 17, International Athletics Federation (IAAF) upheld its overall ban on Russian athletes, imposed over widespread doping.

In the meantime, Russian athletes are barred from participating in international competitions. This decision was taken in November 2015 following the report made by an independent commission of WADA, which accused Russia's sports agencies and authorities of interfering in the anti-doping lab work in Moscow.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko could be involved in concealing information about a systematic doping by Russian athletes.

Read the WADA Statement: Independent Investigation confirms Russian State manipulation of the doping control process

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