A World Anti-Doping Agency panel accused the Russian government on Monday of being aware of "widespread doping and cover-ups" by its track and field athletes, and recommended that they all be banned from competition, including next summer's Rio Olympics, until they are found to be compliant with the global anti-doping code.
The Associated Press has the details:
The report from a WADA commission that has been probing media allegations of widespread doping and deception in Russia — host of soccer's next World Cup — said even the country's intelligence service, the FSB, was involved, spying on Moscow's anti-doping lab, including during last year's Winter Games in Sochi.
The commission chaired by Dick Pound recommended that WADA immediately declare the Russian federation "non-compliant" with the global anti-doping code, and that the IAAF suspend the federation from competition.
"It's pretty disturbing," Pound said. "It's worse than we thought."
"It may be a residue of the old Soviet Union system," he added at a news conference in Geneva.
Pound said the doping could be called state-sponsored.
"They would certainly have known," he said of Russian officials.
The commission said the International Olympic Committee should not accept any entries from the Russian athletics federation until the body has been declared complaint with the code and the suspension has been lifted. Such a decision could keep Russian athletes out of next year's Olympics in Brazil.
If Russia doesn't clean up, "the outcome may be that there are no Russian track and field athletes in Rio," Pound said.
Pound also said that there's enough time for Russia to clean up its act before next summer's Olympics. But something that goes this deep probably isn't going to go away all that easily.
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