Wada says Russia is still not compliant on anti-doping as IOC prepares to lift suspension
The IOC says it will lift Russia’s suspension if no new doping cases come out of the Games, where two Russians tested positive for doping
In a statement issued on Sunday night, Wada said it “acknowledges” the IOC’s latest move but pointed out that Russia is still not adhering to the World Anti-Doping Code.
The agency said it is continuing to work with “Rusada to assist them in rebuilding a credible and sustainable anti-doping programme.”
But the IOC said the suspension would be lifted – in “a few days or a few weeks” – if no new doping cases come out of the Games, where two Russians tested positive for doping.
The IOC “could have considered lifting the suspension given that the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) had respected the IOC’s decision of December 5,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.
“However, two Russian athletes tested positive for doping here in Pyeongchang.”
The IOC decision was slammed by the lawyer for Russian whistleblower and former Moscow drug lab director Grigory Rodchenkov.
“This, despite Russia’s continued retaliation against the IOC’s main witness, Dr. Rodchenkov, and Russia’s litany of further transgressions, including denial and obstruction toward the IOC and Wada. The acrimony caused by Bach’s mismanagement should be his undoing.”
Russia was formally banned in December from taking part in the 2018 Olympics following revelations of widespread drug-cheating, but 168 athletes deemed “clean” were allowed to compete as neutrals.
They were representing “Olympic Athletes from Russia” under strict guidelines including a ban on Russia’s flag, national colours and the national anthem.