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Germany: WADA plan to get Russia 'back on side' for 2016 Olympics in new report01:55

Germany: WADA plan to get Russia 'back on side' for 2016 Olympics in new report

Germany, Munich
January 14, 2016 at 18:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Dick Pound announced that he looks to "Set out the path for Russia to get back on side" for the 2016 Olympic Games, making the statement from from Munich on Thursday. His comments come following the release of the second part of a report by the WADA into alleged widespread doping in international athletics.

Talking about Russia's current situation, Pound said "Right now as it stands it has no credited laboratory, its national federation for athletics has been suspended and it's been declared non-vote compliance as far as WADA is concerned." He went on to say in regards to Russia's recovery that "All of those things can be resolved if Russia can take the matter seriously and really focuses on getting its act together."

"I think, within the Olympic movement the idea is to have universal participation which it can but it has to be in accordance with the applicable rules" he added.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) conducted an 11-month investigation and published its first report on November 9 alleging widespread doping in Russian athletics and accused officials, including Russia's sports minister, of a systematic cover-up. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) subsequently suspended Russia from all international competitions.

Germany: WADA plan to get Russia 'back on side' for 2016 Olympics in new report01:55
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Former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Dick Pound announced that he looks to "Set out the path for Russia to get back on side" for the 2016 Olympic Games, making the statement from from Munich on Thursday. His comments come following the release of the second part of a report by the WADA into alleged widespread doping in international athletics.

Talking about Russia's current situation, Pound said "Right now as it stands it has no credited laboratory, its national federation for athletics has been suspended and it's been declared non-vote compliance as far as WADA is concerned." He went on to say in regards to Russia's recovery that "All of those things can be resolved if Russia can take the matter seriously and really focuses on getting its act together."

"I think, within the Olympic movement the idea is to have universal participation which it can but it has to be in accordance with the applicable rules" he added.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) conducted an 11-month investigation and published its first report on November 9 alleging widespread doping in Russian athletics and accused officials, including Russia's sports minister, of a systematic cover-up. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) subsequently suspended Russia from all international competitions.

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