Russian doping scandal: Russia faces ban from all major sports events , Wada

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Russian doping scandal: Russia faces ban from all major sports events , Wada

Russia could face a ban from all major sports events over “discrepancies” in a lab database, the World Anti-Doping Agency has warned.

The country has been given three weeks to explain “inconsistencies” or risk being excluded from the Olympics and world championships.

Russia also faces being barred from hosting major events.

“There’s evidence this data has been deleted,” chairman of Wada’s compliance panel, Jonathan Taylor, told BBC Sport.

“We need to understand from the Russian authorities what their explanation is.”

 Russia handed over data from its Moscow laboratory in January as a condition of its reintegration back into the sporting fold after a three-year suspension for a state-sponsored doping programme.

But on Monday Wada said its executive committee had been informed that a formal compliance procedure had been opened over the discovery of “inconsistencies”.

“This is hypothetical at the moment, but if the experts maintain their current view, then the compliance review committee will make a recommendation to send a notice to Rusada asserting ‘you’re non-compliant’ and proposing consequences,” said Taylor.

Taylor said he had “no concerns” that 47 disciplinary cases already referred to international sports federations would be undermined by the database discrepancies, but others may be affected.

“There will be cases where it looks like the data has irretrievably gone, and in those then potentially a cheat is going to escape.

“But then the job is for Wada to respond to that action. If the experts say it was deliberate deletion of data…

“The problem will be if Wada and its stakeholders don’t pursue and don’t get proper sanctions, but this is a test for the new system.

“Obviously if the experts say the Russians have deliberately tampered with this evidence, of course it’s disappointing. But the question now is how is Wada and its stakeholders going to respond?

“If they are able to respond in a way that sends a clear message that this kind of conduct carries severe sanctions, that’s all you can do.

“You can’t stop cheating. You can only make sure you’ve got a system that allows you to respond to it.”

In comments reported by the Russian news agency Tass, the country’s sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said: “What exactly are these discrepancies and what are they related to?

“Experts in digital technology from both sides are already in collaboration. For our part, we continue to provide all possible assistance.”

Russia had missed deadlines to hand over the data before finally granting Wada access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory in January.

The country has been given three weeks to explain “inconsistencies” or risk being excluded from the Olympics and world championships.

Russia also faces being barred from hosting major events.

“There’s evidence this data has been deleted,” chairman of Wada’s compliance panel, Jonathan Taylor, told BBC Sport.

“We need to understand from the Russian authorities what their explanation is.”

 Russia handed over data from its Moscow laboratory in January as a condition of its reintegration back into the sporting fold after a three-year suspension for a state-sponsored doping programme.

But on Monday Wada said its executive committee had been informed that a formal compliance procedure had been opened over the discovery of “inconsistencies”.

“This is hypothetical at the moment, but if the experts maintain their current view, then the compliance review committee will make a recommendation to send a notice to Rusada asserting ‘you’re non-compliant’ and proposing consequences,” said Taylor.

Taylor said he had “no concerns” that 47 disciplinary cases already referred to international sports federations would be undermined by the database discrepancies, but others may be affected.

“There will be cases where it looks like the data has irretrievably gone, and in those then potentially a cheat is going to escape.

“But then the job is for Wada to respond to that action. If the experts say it was deliberate deletion of data…

“The problem will be if Wada and its stakeholders don’t pursue and don’t get proper sanctions, but this is a test for the new system.

“Obviously if the experts say the Russians have deliberately tampered with this evidence, of course it’s disappointing. But the question now is how is Wada and its stakeholders going to respond?

“If they are able to respond in a way that sends a clear message that this kind of conduct carries severe sanctions, that’s all you can do.

“You can’t stop cheating. You can only make sure you’ve got a system that allows you to respond to it.”

In comments reported by the Russian news agency Tass, the country’s sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said: “What exactly are these discrepancies and what are they related to?

“Experts in digital technology from both sides are already in collaboration. For our part, we continue to provide all possible assistance.”

Russia had missed deadlines to hand over the data before finally granting Wada access to the Moscow anti-doping laboratory in January.

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