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Switzerland: 'Recommended sanctions excessive, illogical and inadequate - Russia's Olympic Committee chief

Switzerland, Lausanne
December 07, 2019 at 15:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) chief Stanislav Pozdnyakov called the sanctions recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Compliance Review Committee 'excessive, illogical and inadequate', speaking in Lausanne on Saturday.

“The alleged sanctions written in the recommendations of Compliance Review Committee are excessive, illogical and inadequate, especially where it concerns Russia's Olympic Committee. Not even one recommendation suggests that ROC has been involved in any manipulations or some kind of fraud,” said Pozdnyakov.

ROC chief also noted that Russian athletes will take part in Tokyo Olympics as part of Russia's Olympic Committee’s team because it 'is not a party to any suspicion or alleged sanctions as an organisation.”

Pozdnyakov also said that ROC is 'ready to provide international federations with all opportunities to do extra testing for all [Russian] athletes in the run-up to the Olympic Games.”

WADA announced on Monday that its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended to declare Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant with the world anti-doping code after the CRC's investigation found that data handed over from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated.

The CRC report also recommended to ban Russia from all global sport for four years, which, among other things, could mean new restrictions on its athletes and teams at next year's Tokyo Olympics. Following the announcement, the IOC said it supported 'the toughest sanctions against all those responsible for this manipulation.'

WADA's Executive Committee will vote on the CRC's recommendations at its meeting in Paris on December 9.

The long-running doping saga goes back to 2015 when RUSADA was first declared non-compliant after a WADA-commissioned report by sports lawyer Professor Richard McLaren alleged 'institutionalised' doping programme in Russia.

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Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) chief Stanislav Pozdnyakov called the sanctions recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Compliance Review Committee 'excessive, illogical and inadequate', speaking in Lausanne on Saturday.

“The alleged sanctions written in the recommendations of Compliance Review Committee are excessive, illogical and inadequate, especially where it concerns Russia's Olympic Committee. Not even one recommendation suggests that ROC has been involved in any manipulations or some kind of fraud,” said Pozdnyakov.

ROC chief also noted that Russian athletes will take part in Tokyo Olympics as part of Russia's Olympic Committee’s team because it 'is not a party to any suspicion or alleged sanctions as an organisation.”

Pozdnyakov also said that ROC is 'ready to provide international federations with all opportunities to do extra testing for all [Russian] athletes in the run-up to the Olympic Games.”

WADA announced on Monday that its independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended to declare Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant with the world anti-doping code after the CRC's investigation found that data handed over from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated.

The CRC report also recommended to ban Russia from all global sport for four years, which, among other things, could mean new restrictions on its athletes and teams at next year's Tokyo Olympics. Following the announcement, the IOC said it supported 'the toughest sanctions against all those responsible for this manipulation.'

WADA's Executive Committee will vote on the CRC's recommendations at its meeting in Paris on December 9.

The long-running doping saga goes back to 2015 when RUSADA was first declared non-compliant after a WADA-commissioned report by sports lawyer Professor Richard McLaren alleged 'institutionalised' doping programme in Russia.

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