NADO Groups Renew Calls For Russia To Be Banned From International Competition


NADO Groups Renew Calls For Russia To Be Banned From International Competition

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During a special summit on January 10, the heads of 19 National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO) came together in calling for Russia to be banned from international competition until a new anti-doping system can be put in place.

The NADO groups laid out their position in a joint statement:

“it is imperative that those responsible for Russia’s state-supported system are held accountable, that calls for a truly independent anti-doping model are finally heeded and those athletes affected by this abhorrent behavior are given back at least some of what was taken from them.

…With new, irrefutable evidence of Russia’s institutionalized doping system uncovered by McLaren and his team, the leadership group has called for the exclusion of Russian sport organizations from all international competition … with the understanding that there may be some Russian athletes who have been subject to the robust anti-doping practices of other countries, the leadership group has offered to help in applying standardized criteria by which athletes can be assessed in order to compete as neutrals.”

NADO groups also called for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take over any investigations currently being run by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In December, the IOC committed to “re-analyze all 254 urine samples collected from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014”.
Starting with samples from the 2008 Olympics, the IOC have now uncovered over one hundred positive tests while reanalyzing samples. Most recently, several weightlifters were stripped of their medals and it appears China may face suspension from international competition.
The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) pushed for a similar ban in the lead-up to the Olympic games in Rio. Since the summer, there have been many complaints about the lack of repercussions against Russian, including members of the US winter olympic threatening to boycotts certain events. The situation has not been improved by the fact that many Russian politicians and members of their sports ministry seem to view the whole process as somewhat illegitimate.
If the NADO’s gets their way, it could cause huge problems for FIFA, who currently have the 2018 World Cup scheduled to take place in Russia.
[Photo via Kremlin.ru]