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Russian reparation arouses anger

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Doping The international dopingagentschap Wada wants Russia to rehabilitate. Many athletes and dopingjagers see this decision as a genuflection.

Russian reparation arouses anger

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The Russian minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov (left) as a spectator at a judotoernooi this month, cross-country skiers Aleksandr Bolsjoenov (right), who in Pyeongchang participated under the olympic flag. belgaimage, reuters

Doping The international dopingagentschap Wada wants Russia to rehabilitate. Many athletes and dopingjagers see this decision as a genuflection.

Russian reparation arouses anger

Henk Stouwdam

AmsterdamDe fight against doping has a sporting and political component. To rehabilitate Russia as sportnatie roads political interests heavier than sporting arguments, otherwise it is the intention of the world anti-doping agency Wada to Russia for rehabilitation grant not to explain. Because the arguments are week and, moreover, hotly contested by many athletes as anti-doping organisations of thirteen major sportlanden.

What is going on? Wada wants on the advice of an internal, zeshoofdige commission of the Russian antidopingentschap Rusada compliant explain, as it’s officially called. In other words: Rusada can function normally again and will no longer be under the strict supervision of Wada and Uk anti-doping agency UKAD. This is for Russian athletes paved the way to without limitations in competition.

Wada will of the Russian authorities finally granted access to the database of the suspended Russian dopinglaboratorium, bringing thousands of urine samples from Russian athletes to still be able to be tested. At least, that writes the Russian Sports minister and former fencer Pavel Kolobkov to Wada. Critics believe there is little of.

U-turn under pressure IOC

The debt of Russia is, according to the opponents kul

A shame in calling athletes and leading dopingjagers to the hardest. The genuflection of the Russians for is their point of view. They accuse Wada of a massive change. According to Chiel Warners, Dutch member of the Wada athlete committee, is that under pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is established. “The IOC wants Russia at all cost back in the olympic family”, says Warners. An opinion that is shared by Herman Ram, director of the Dutch Dopingautoriteit. His statement: ‘Since Russia is a large and rich sportland with a lot of administrative power.”

The U-turn of the Wada is based on the Russian acceptance that there was a state driven dopingprogramma, such as, in 2016, revealed in the report of the Canadian sportjurist Richard McLaren. And to the second requirement, access to the database of the Russian dopinglab, is also met. Nothing is a return of Russia in the road, according to Wada. This position is expected today to be formalized by the twelve members of existing executive committee, that at the Seychelles meeting.

The Russian debt is, according to the opponents kul. There was no evidence that the conscious letter from minister Kolobkov an official document is – he is not, for example, include a stamp. In addition, not the solid findings of the McLaren report was accepted, but the decisions that the IOC has taken on the basis of the internal report-Schmidt. Herein, it was determined that Russia during the winter Olympics in Sochi the antidopingsyteem in their favour has manipulated.


On the basis of the outcome, it was Russia as the country banned from the Olympics, earlier this year in Pyeongchang, and were only demonstrable clean Russian athletes under a neutral flag participate. That suspension of Russia was because of good behaviour after the Games by the IOC lifted. A controversial decision, two of the three positive-tested athletes at the Games were Russians.

By Kolobkov defined access to the database of the dopinglab, the second hard requirement of the Wada, according to his letter, only to be carried out under the supervision of the Russians. “What Russia says is: let us first and then we talk further. That is the world on its head, bizarre’, says Warners. And Ram of the Dutch Dopingautoriteit: ‘so Now the Russians conditions, that is serious. Wada deviates from his original claim and puts the head in the shot. Access to that database is of great importance. Then it can be determined which urine samples taken from the freezer should be.’

The outrage among athletes on Wada’s intention is reflected on Twitter as #NoUturnWADA, and also comes to the fore through criticism in the media. They blame the Wada not for a clean, honest sport. The British athlete committee speaks of ‘a catastrophe’. The American former hurdler and double olympic champion Edwin Moses, write in an opinion piece in The New York Times that many athletes are geschoffeerd feel. The Dutch kogelstoter and discus thrower Rutger Smith posted on his Facebook page a statement in which he stated that the integrity and credibility of sport is at stake. He refers to three of his seven european CHAMPIONSHIP and world cup medals that he years later received, because upon re-testing showed that his competitors are doping had used.

Call to delay decision

Travis Tygart, ceo of the U.s. anti-doping agency Usada serves as a very fierce opponent of Wada’s intention. He gets support from colleagues from Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Great Britain, which yesterday in a statement Wada called for the postponement of a decision. ‘In the name of the clean athletes, we cannot accept that Russia has in our eyes has not met two important conditions, namely the acceptance of the McLaren report, and access to the database of the dopinglab’.

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