An independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has found that Russia was involved in state-sponsored doping and recommended that Russian athletes to be suspended from Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro
According to a report released Monday, Russia took part in a systemic, and state-sponsored doping program for several years, including in the run-up to the Sochi Games, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to MarketWatch.
The commission’s investigation was focused on track and field athletes, but it has found that the corruption of Russia’s anti-doping organization and Ministry of Sports had spread on other sports.
“The IC has found that not only was leadership in the fight against doping in sport lacking, but also that there were organized efforts on the part of many senior coaches and officials, inside and outside Russia, to promote doping and make it possible for such efforts to be successful, including the coverup of certain positive cases of doping,” the report stated.
Russian officials said that they are not surprised by the conclusion of WADA, but suggest it has a political background.