WADA recommends Russia suspension, loss of Moscow anti-doping lab’s accreditation

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Geneva  –  A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission on Monday in Geneva recommended that the athletics governing body IAAF suspend Russia from competition.

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The commission added that the anti-doping lab in Moscow should also lose its accreditation.

It said this was as a result of the outcome of its investigation into systematic doping in the country.

Additionally, WADA recommended that five Russian athletes and five coaches be banned for life for doping offences.

The commission said the allegations of doping and a culture of corruption to cover up positive tests in Russia was first made by German broadcaster ARD in December 2014.

WADA said it had in response convened a three-man commission headed by its founder Dick Pound, which carried out an 11-month investigation.

It said a bulk of the report which focused on IAAF was withheld, so as not to prejudice ongoing criminal investigation by French authorities into former IAAF president Lamine Diack.

The 82-year-old Diack is under investigation on charges of corruption and money laundering by accepting bribes to cover up doping charges.

The Senegalese presided over the IAAF from 1999 until August this year, when he was replaced by double Olympic 1500m champion Sebastian Coe.
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Meanwhile, the ethics commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had earlier on Monday recommended the provisional suspension of Diack as an honorary member.(dpa/NAN)

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