Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that allegations of a state-sponsored doping program were an attempt to sow discontent ahead of the country's presidential elections and retaliation for alleged Russian meddling in the US election.
Declaring Rusada compliant with the Wada code is a key element of the criteria for the lifting of the ban on Russian Federation competing at the Winter Games by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Over 100 Russian athletes were banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the wake of the report.
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- Russia's refusal to accept responsibility for widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in the McLaren report could prevent its competitors taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said on Friday.
WADA's long-running investigation has alleged that Russian athletes, coaches and officials participated in systemic cheating.
He also claimed the doping scandal was instigated by the United States to influence presidential elections scheduled for March next year, the Associated Press reported.
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"Russia never had and, I hope, will never have a system of state doping of which we are being accused", Putin said.
"There are vast suspicions that all this is being done to stoke an atmosphere necessary for someone where sports fans and athletes are disgruntled over the fact that the state is allegedly involved in breaches and it is responsible for that", Putin said, according to TASS. The evidence for Thursday's bans came on the back of WADA's report compiled by investigator Richard McLaren. The Times report said that a whistleblower provided the evidence to WADA.
"We've told the Russians the requirement is there for them to acknowledge the findings" in repeated WADA reports if they want to get fully reinstated in worldwide sports, he told Reuters.
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Included in the data are all anti-doping tests done from a three year period before and after the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Those athletes would be allowed to compete as neutrals. "This new intelligence serves to reinforce our requirement of Russian authorities that they too publicly accept the outcomes; so that, we can all move forward in rebuilding public trust and confidence in Russian sport".