20:03 Jul. 18, 2016
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.
"WADA calls on Sport Movement to deny Russian athletes participation at international comp including Rio until "culture change" achieved", Nichols writes on Twitter.
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.
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
WADA: Deliberate abuse of power and process in Russia "totally unacceptable" #wada— Ben Nichols (@WADA_BCNichols) July 18, 2016
McLaren report shows systematic doping in Russia much wider than Sochi games. "Disappearing positives" occurred in Moscow lab from 2011-2015— Ben Nichols (@WADA_BCNichols) July 18, 2016
McLaren Report: Ministry of Sport with FSB and Moscow and Sochi labs fuelled manipulation of athletes' positive samples #wada— Ben Nichols (@WADA_BCNichols) July 18, 2016
Sochi laboratory participated in unique sample swapping process to allow athletes with positive samples to compete at 2014 Olympics #wada— Ben Nichols (@WADA_BCNichols) July 18, 2016
McLaren finds that from 2011-2015 Moscow laboratory, with support from Ministry of Sport and FSB, operated "Disappearing Positives" scheme— Ben Nichols (@WADA_BCNichols) July 18, 2016
McLaren Report is evidence of orchestrated, state-backed sport doping system on a scale previously unimaginable #wada— Ben Nichols (@WADA_BCNichols) July 18, 2016