Russian Federation still not compliant on anti-doping, says Wada

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"We would argue that Olympic Moments have been stolen by doped members of past Russian contingents with no acknowledgement of responsibility by the ROC nor indication of contrition; the sanction must align with the IOC "zero tolerance for doping" policy", concludes iNADO in its open letter to the IOC.

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations said the IOC's decision to maintain the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee for the closing ceremony.

"The World Anti-Doping Agency acknowledges the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) decision today not to lift the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018", the statement said.

Sergeeva is the second Russian athlete to fail a doping test at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

"The disappointing fact that this is another short-lived, negotiated deal, to be lifted promptly within the next few days, indicates the IOC's management of this issue has gone from bad to worse", adds iNADO in the statement. WADA, despite acknowledging IOC's move, has pointed that Russian Federation had not been complying with their rules to curb doping.

The statement added: "Successive decisions by the International Olympic Committee in this matter have demonstrated that the interests of these clean athletes have no priority".

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WADA's statement reacting to the IOC's pathway for Russian reinstatement makes clear the country has not yet done enough to gain compliance with its World Anti-Doping Code. "Therefore, no delegation of the Russian Olympic Committee will have taken part in these Olympic Winter Games".

The IOC suspended Russia's membership in December over a doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics, but allowed 168 Russians to enter the Pyeongchang Olympics as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" in neutral uniforms.

Russian Federation 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. ABC News said the video was produced a year ago to promote the clothing brand. Russia's state-sponsored doping program was first exposed by WADA's independent McLaren Investigation in July 2016.

IOC President Thomas Bach said on Sunday that two failed doping tests of Russian curler athlete Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva were key reasons that influenced the organization's decision not to reinstate the ROC before the end of the 2018 Games.

However, the IOC commission did recommend lifting the disqualification of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as soon as possible, if the remainder of the test samples of Russian athletes come out clean. "We are waiting for the latest doping tests".

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