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2019.09.19 11:53

 

Russia faces ban from athletics after the biggest doping scandal in history... while IAAF president Lord Coe makes an embarrassing U-turn on punishment A 323-page report has shed light on a doping culture in Russian athletics Dick Pound led the investigation and admits there could be no track and field Russian athletes competing in Rio Pounds 323-page report alleges the London Games were sabotaged 1,400 samples are claimed to have been destroyed by Moscow lab officials

Russia should be suspended from athletics after being accused of a ‘state-supported’ doping programme that sabotaged the London Olympics.

That is the recommendation of an explosive 323-page report published yesterday by an independent commission appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate claims of widespread abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in Russian athletics.

The gold and bronze medallists from the women’s 800 metres at London 2012 — Mariya Savinova and Ekaterina Poistogova — are among known cheats now being recommended for life bans.

The London Olympics in 2012 were sabotaged by the approach of Russian athletes suspected of doping

Mariya Savinova (right) and Ekaterina Poistogova, pictured at London 2012, were among known cheats

Savinova celebrates as she crosses the line to win the womens 800 metres final at London 2012

The duo pose with their Olympic medals alongside Caster Semenya (left), who finished second

The report says: ‘As a result of this widespread inaction, the Olympic Games in London were, in a sense, sabotaged by the admission of athletes who should have not been competing, and could have been prevented from competing.’

The commission, led by former anti-drugs chief Dick Pound, said there was enough time for Russia to ‘get their house in order’ before next year’s Olympics in Rio, but IAAF president Lord Coe confirmed that the governing body had begun ‘considering sanctions’. Russia have until the end of the week to respond.

 

 

The commission’s report says:

There was the intentional and malicious destruction of more than 1400 samples by Moscow laboratory officials last year after receiving written notification from WADA to preserve target samples. The same infamous Moscow testing laboratory must lose its accreditation and its director, Grigory Rodchenko, who is accused of asking for and accepting bribes and intentionally destroying samples he was told to keep, be removed from his position. Under-cover officers from the Russian secret police – the FSB – had infiltrated both the Moscow lab and the lab at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, posing as lab engineers and imposing an atmosphere of intimidation on laboratory process and staff. Russias anti-doping agency gave athletes advance notice of tests, hid missed tests, bullied doping control officers and their families and took bribes to cover up missed tests.  Russian athletes who did not want to participate in the programme were told they would not be selected.  Athletes who clearly were willing participants were unwilling to participate in the independent commissions investigation.  Five athletes, four coaches and one doctor not previously the subject of disciplinary proceedings are now facing sanctions. It confirmed allegations that some Russian doctors and laboratory personnel acted as enablers for systematic cheating along with athletics coaches.  Data and information that demonstrates criminal conduct has been handed over to Interpol.  There were systemic failures in the IAAF that prevent an effective anti-doping programme.  An independent IAAF anti-doping unit should now be formed. 

On Sunday Coe said he was not in favour of a blanket ban and on Monday night, Pound criticised the double Olympic champion for making such a bold declaration before the publication of the report.

To keep my powder dry would have been my recommendation if hed asked me what he should be doing, Pound said of Coe. Youve got to know something is coming. Youve got to know with the leak of the Diack stuff that this is now some serious s**t. 

Coe performed an embarrassing U-turn on Monday.

Dick Pound led the Independent Commission investigating claims of widespread abuse in Russian athletics

According to the 323-page report, the 2012 Olympic Games were sabotaged by Russian athletes doping

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) staff member hands out copies of a report on Russias doping scandal

WHO IS DICK POUND? 

Richard Dick Pound, 73, is a Canadian Lawyer and chairman of the Olympic Broadcasting Services.

He is a former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and was vice-president of the International Olympic Committee between 1987-1991 and 1996-2000. Pound advocates strict anti-doping control of athletes, and has spoken out against alleged instances of doping in ice hockey, the Tour de France, skiing, golf and athletics.

He represented Canada in swimming at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, winning one gold medal, two silvers and one bronze. In 2005, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The scandal erupted last week when the former president of international athletics Lamine Diack, his legal adviser Habib Cisse and their former head of anti-doping Gabriel Dolle were arrested by the French authorities amid allegations they accepted bribes of more than £800,000 to cover up the positive drugs tests of Russian athletes.

Pound pointed out that the commission were limited to investigating the allegations made in the brilliant documentary about Russian athletics last December by German broadcaster ARD. He did not rule out the possibility that other national federations had sophisticated drug programmes and said the findings could even lead to other sports being investigated.

He also acknowledged that ‘public opinion is going to move towards the opinion that all sport is corrupt’.

Pound said modern Russian athletics had ‘inherited attitudes from the Cold War days’. FSB involvement certainly has echoes of the role the Stasi played in the state-run doping in former East Germany.

Sportsmails mocked up gold medal for cheating 

Pound seemed to think a meeting with Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko here in Switzerland had ended positively. Indeed he expects Mutko to oversee an overhaul of the anti-doping programme in Russia that meets WADA standards and enables their athletes to compete in Rio. But Mutko’s response on Monday suggested otherwise. 

He was angry and defiant, claiming the Russians had been unfairly singled out.

A Russian athletics federation spokesman described the report as a ‘political hit-job’.

Mutko, who is also a member of the infamous FIFA executive committee and was once exposed for claiming five breakfasts a day on expenses while on duty for the International Olympic Committee, announced that the commission does ‘not have the right to suspend anyone’. He also threatened to cut all government funding for anti-doping.

The WADA report accuses Mutko of being complicit in the programme. He responded by saying: ‘If we have to close this whole system, we would be happy because we will only save money’. Rather worryingly, Mutko is also the head of the organising committee for the next World Cup.

Grigory Rodchenko is accused of asking for and accepting bribes and intentionally destroying samples. He has denied the claims of the report

Pound criticised IAAF president Lord Coe (right) for an over-zealous statement before his report was published

Coe (left) with Lamine Diack, who is alleged to have accepted bribes of more than £800,000 to cover-up positive drugs tests of Russian athletes

On Monday, the Russian Ministry of Sport issued a statement saying: ‘We are fully aware of the problems in the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) and we have undertaken measures to remedy the situation: there is a new president in ARAF, a new head coach, and they are currently rejuvenating the coaching staff. Russia has been and will continue to be fully committed to the fight against doping in sport.’

Rodchenkov, the lab director, denied any wrongdoing and said he would not stand down.

Pound praised the whistleblowers for their courage and said WADA were ‘attacking a problem that has the potential to destroy sport’.

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‘It’s pretty disturbing,’ he said. ‘It’s worse than we thought because it’s affecting results on the field of play. It may be that there are no Russian track and field athletes in Rio. All of this could not have happened without the consent of the state authorities.’ He said all future samples would be ‘analysed outside the country’ during a period of suspension.

Pound acknowledged this was the ‘tip of the iceberg’. ‘We certainly don’t think Russia is the only federation and athletics is the only sport with a doping problem,’ he said. 

Vitaly Mutko was accused by WADA of being complicit in a state-sponsored drug programme

Pound said the impact of this report could mean no track and field athletes at the next Olympics from Russia

Asked if he was confident the Russians would comply, Pound replied: ‘I can’t assure you at all, judging by their conduct up to and including the summer of this year.’ 

The decision rests with the IAAF as to whether Russia is suspended, and it is up to Olympic chiefs to decide if the Russians become the first national federation to be banned from the Games.

Pound warned that a failure to comply could lead to even more severe sanctions. ‘If we find out you haven’t fixed it, you’re out,’ he said. ‘And that might apply across more sports than track and field.’

A table detailing the success enjoyed by Russia in the last three Olympic games

RESPONSE: The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation today received an official report from WADA Independent Commission. Considering the amount of documentation, our experts are studying its main conclusions and recommendations.

The WADA Independent Commission has completed a lot of work, and its recommendations will help Russia to improve the anti-doping system in the near future. Russia repeatedly stated that it is interested in an objective investigation bya WADA independent commission which has the capability to detect violations of anti-doping organizations, including international organizations.

The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation will carefully study all the decisions and facts on which this report was made, and fulfill the appropriate measures. However, there is a big difference between information that journalists provide and proven facts and evidence which naturally an investigation such as this should be based on. So, we urge WADA to rely on the real facts and evidence.

The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation respects all the members of WADA Independent Commission, established to investigate specific allegations made in a specific film.

We are not surprised by most of the points in the report. We are fully aware of the problems in the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) and we have undertaken measures to remedy the situation: there is a new president in ARAF, a new head coach, and they are currently rejuvenating the coaching staff. The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation is waiting for such measures from IAAF, where the new president also has zero-tolerance for doping. The Russian anti-doping policy over the last six years was developed in accordance with the strict recommendations of WADA and IOC. The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation is very grateful to these respectful organizations which created a special expert group in 2010, to help us to build a strong anti-doping system.

Also, we has to note that during all major sporting events held in Russia, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory collaborated with a large number of foreign experts and also with IOC and WADA observers. The transparency of the doping control was proven by these respectful organizations and international sports federations.

In this fight against doping, the Russian Federation acts on the basis of the UNESCO Convention. In accordance with the UNESCO Convention, in the short-term, Russia has created a strong legal basis to fight against doping; we opened our borders for testing; we started serious educational work to promote clean sport; and our society has formed a zero-tolerance policy on doping and the persons who dope. 

We created and provide full support to an independent national anti-doping organization RUSADA and a special anti-doping laboratory. The Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation follows WADAs strong recommendations and we do not interfere in RUSADA and anti-doping laboratory work. For now, only WADA has the power to control the work of the anti-doping organizations and laboratories.

In turn, we are open to close cooperation with WADA in order to eliminate any violations of RUSADA and the accredited laboratory.

Russia has been and will continue to be fully committed to the fight against doping in sport.

Toni Minichiello, coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill, demands Sebastian Coe reassigns medals from drug cheats after damming report on doping in Russian athletics  Jessica Ennis-Hill awaiting a decision from the 2011 World Championships A report published by Dick Pound on Monday is the tip of the iceberg on a doping scandal across Russian athletics  Paula Radcliffe wants Russia banned until they clean up their act

 

Jessica Ennis-Hills coach has told Sebastian Coe to immediately start drawing up a list of medals that should be taken from drug cheats and handed to the athletes they robbed.

Britains 2012 Olympics golden girl is still waiting for a decision on the world championships from a year earlier when she was beaten by Russian Tatyana Chernova who was later proven to have been doping.

And thats just one of the medals that Toni Minichiello insists should be reallocated – and within the next month.

Toni Minichiello (right), the coach of Jessica Ennis-Hill, wants Seb Coe to react quickly to drug allegations

Minichiello  wants Coe to draw up a list of athletes robbed of medals by drug cheats in competitions

Ennis-Hill (left) is awaiting a decision form the 2011 World Championships involving Tatyana Chernova

He said: I want a decision on that 2011 medal very quickly.

Lets show youre serious about this Seb by reallocating medals now. It should happen before the end of November, so get a list out of proven drugs cheats and start working.

We need physical direct action, and to add to that I would say take away from Russia the World Junior Championships which theyre due to hold next year and put it somewhere else.

Minichiello has worked with Ennis-Hill for nearly 20 years, but admitted that the WADA report on Monday made it tough to keep the mood light as they prepared at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for another of the punishing training sessions which have helped make her Olympic and double World heptathlon champion

He said: I came to training and we were having a discussion about it.

I said to Jess quite glibly maybe we should just nip off to Costa and forget about athletics and the Olympic Games if this is the state of affairs.

Behind the dark humour though is a conundrum clean athletes have wrestled with for several years, knowing they are working as hard as they can with the knowledge they might be beaten on the major stage by Russian athletes pumped full of drugs. Is it worth carrying on with the good fight?

Britains marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe demanded that Russia should be thrown out of athletics until they could prove they had cleaned up their act.

Federations should be banned if it is shown that there has been systemic doping going on, she told Sky Sports News,

We do need to take that step until they show they can clean themselves up. doping is fraud, you are stealing a moment from a clean athlete that they can never, ever get back.

Paula Radcliffe said she wants Russia thrown out of athletics until there is proof they have cleaned up

Goldie Sayers says she wasnt particularly surprised by the news breaking of the doping scandal

Jenny Meadows said confirmation that the Russian Athletics Federation have denied me my finest moments

WHO IS DICK POUND? 

Richard ‘Dick’ Pound, 73, is a Canadian Lawyer and chairman of the Olympic Broadcasting Services.

He is a former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and was vice-president of the International Olympic Committee between 1987-1991 and 1996-2000. Pound advocates strict anti-doping control of athletes, and has spoken out against alleged instances of doping in ice hockey, the Tour de France, skiing, golf and athletics.

He represented Canada in swimming at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, winning one gold medal, two silvers and one bronze. In 2005, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Female middle and long distance runners like 10,000m European Champion Jo Pavey and throwers like British javelin champion Goldie Sayers have been disproportionately affected by systemic doping in Russia.

I wasnt particularly surprised at all, said Sayers, it is nice for the athletes who have spoken out to be proven right. I think the toll it takes on athletes not just emotionally but also financially is also sometimes forgotten. I came fourth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 so I worry I have lost out on medals.

Athletes across the country spent much of Monday studying online results of historic competitions, totting up the number of Russians ahead of them, how many medals they might have won had it been a level playing field.

Jenny Meadows, an immensely talented 800m runner, has been cheated out of medals by drugs cheats in major championships on at least four occasions and once estimated she had lost £100,000 in prize money and sponsorship deals.

Always suspected it but finally confirmation that the Russian Athletics Federation have denied me of my finest moments of my career, she said.

Pavey is due to be upgraded to at least a bronze medal from the 2007 Osaka World Championships because Turkey’s 10,000m silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse is among 28 athletes to be charged with doping offences.

She supported Minichiello’s calls for medals to be reallocated immediately.

‘That needs to happen as soon as physically possible,’ said Pavey. ‘The thought that a nation itself would be systematically doping their athletes is absolutely shocking.’

Darren Campbell, the former British sprinter, pulled no punches. ‘It’s disturbing, it’s disappointing, it’s disgusting. If there is a positive, it’s out in the open,’ he said.

Jo Pavey back Minichiellos calls for medal to be reallocated to clean athletes as soon as is possible

WADA independent commission author Dick Pound said his report is the tip of the iceberg

Many athletes urged the authorities to explore the depths of what WADA independent commission author Dick Pound called ‘the tip of the iceberg’.

‘It harks back to the Soviet East German days,’ said Minichiello.

‘It’s quite sad because I thought we’d seen the back of that. But we have to be careful not to exonerate the IAAF from their own internal investigations. They need to open their doors and do their washing in public. How far does this go? What other nations are involved? Which other sports? Where does it end?’

 

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