The participation of Russia in 2018 Winter Olympics is in question due to the doping scandal. The refuse of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to restore rights of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) made Russia in one step farther from the participation in the Olympic Games as AFP reported.
The decision on the incompliance of the RUSADA at 2015 remained in force before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
'We have no rights to determine the participants of the Olympics. We only recognized that the RUSADA does not correspond to the code. They did a great job since 2015 technically. But there are still two unfulfilled points in the roadmap. The RUSADA has to fulfill two criteria to be recognized by the proper international WADA Code', Craig Reedie, the President of the WADA said.
The WADA reminded that Russia still did not solve the issue of the closed cities where the international inspectors on doping are not allowed.
Moreover, Moscow continues to deny the conclusions of the WADA that the Ministry of Sport and the FSB created the system of the mass application of the doping by the Russian sportsmen and it is the state financing of the doping.
AFP noted that Russia partially recognized the accusations and make concessions to participate in the Olympics. However, Russia called the RUSADA to be responsible for the state financing of the doping instead of the recognition of the accusation.
Russia announced about the complete reforming of the RUSADA after the scandal and said that it is a different organization now.
'RUSADA fulfills all functions within the WADA Code. I guarantee that the RUSADA will be completely independent and it is different organization now. We are ready to move forward and work openly in the accordance with all WADA standards. Please, recognize us as those that correspond to the code', Pavel Kolobkov, the Russian Minister of Sport claimed.
The final decision on the participation of Russian in the 2018 Winter Olympics will be made by the International Olympics Committee. The meeting of it will take place in the near future.
Previously, the independent investigation of the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, showed that over a thousand Russian athletes performing in 30 sports were more or less involved in doping use. Media attention in this regard began growing in December 2014 when German broadcaster ARD reported on state-sponsored doping in Russia, comparing it to doping in East Germany. In November 2015, the WADA published a report and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) suspended Russia indefinitely from world track and field events. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping agency later assisted WADA with testing in Russia. In June 2016, they reported that they were unable to fully carry out their work and noted intimidation by armed FSB agents. After a Russian former lab director made allegations about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, WADA commissioned an independent investigation led by Richard McLaren. McLaren's investigation found corroborating evidence, concluding in a report published in July 2016 that the Ministry of Sport and the FSB had operated a "state-directed failsafe system" using a "disappearing positive [test] methodology" (DPM) from "at least late 2011 to August 2015".