Russian national team should not take part in the Winter Olympics in 2018, which will be held in South Korea, after the doping scandal. This opinion was expressed by the head of the British Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) David Kenworthy, BBC reported.
"I think Russian athletes should be banned from the 2018 Olympics. I think they should have been banned from the Olympics in the summer. The International Paralympic Committee in my view got it right - they banned Russia. But the IOC messed it up," he said.
Kenworthy is convinced that Russia committed a flagrant violation with doping, which negatively affects the image of all sports. "It was just extraordinary what was done. It's more extraordinary than a James Bond novel, and it just debases all of sport. We're still getting denials of any wrongdoing and strange statements about whether it was state-sponsored or not - what we now need to do is get Russia back in the fold, and that is taking some considerable time and effort."
As it was reported reported, an independent investigation of the World Anti-Doping Agency found that more than a thousand Russian athletes in 30 sports are in some way connected with the use of performance-enhancing drugs, or concealment of positive samples.
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach announced new sanctions against Russia in his New Year message on Friday, December 30.