Russia anti-doping body to ‘continue its work’

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Russia's anti-doping agency director general Yury Ganus speaks during a press conference in Moscow. AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) – The head of Russia’s anti-doping body said yesterday that the organisation would continue “the huge amount” of work it has done in recent months after the World Anti-Doping Agency upheld its suspension of the country.

WADA’s Foundation Board, meeting in Seoul, came to the decision after its Compliance Review Committee recommended that Russia’s anti-doping body, RUSADA, “should not be reinstated”.

The decision had been expected after Russia refused to admit running a state-sponsored doping system, as detailed in an explosive report for WADA by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

“RUSADA meets all the principles of independence and transparency, and a huge amount of work has been done in recent months,” the Russian agency’s head Yury Ganus told reporters in Moscow.

“RUSADA will continue its work. Currently we have 40 doping inspectors, by the end of the year there will be 70, and by the first of April, 100.

“According to the number of tests we will be one of the largest anti-doping agencies in the world,” said Ganus, who vowed to restore trust in the agency when he was appointed in September.

WADA rejected Russia’s reinstatement because technical requirements had not been met, he said.

The upholding of the suspension raises the spectre of a possible ban from February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide whether Russia can compete in Pyeongchang at an executive board meeting next month in Lausanne.

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