LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will on Monday consider a recommendation from its compliance committee to hand Russia a four-year Olympic ban as part of a sanctions package to punish Moscow for handing WADA doctored and incomplete laboratory data.
Russia, which has denied state involvement in doping, says the recommendation is overly harsh.
Timeline - Events - Monday - Meeting
Here is a timeline of the events leading up to Monday’s meeting:
November - Commission - WADA - Dick - Pound
November 2015: An independent commission set up by WADA and led by Dick Pound, the agency’s first president, found a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics, which it said Russian state security services colluded with. It recommended that Russia be banned from international athletics.
Days after the publication of the report, the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, banned Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) while WADA declared the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant in what it described as “a pivotal moment for sport.”
May - New - York - Times - Dozens
May 2016: The New York Times reported that dozens of Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including at least 15 medal winners, were part of a state-run doping program.
The report was based on evidence from whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of the country’s anti-doping laboratory during the Games.
July - Commission - Allegations - New - York
July 2016: An independent commission set up to investigate the allegations in the New York Times report, led by Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Richard McLaren, revealed evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
It said the Russian Ministry of Sport oversaw the manipulation of athletes’ analytical results and sample swapping and recommended that Russia be banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics the following month.
International - Olympic - Committee - IOC - July
However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), meeting on July 24, said it would allow each sporting federation to make their own decision. Russia remained banned from athletics but competed...
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