Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Aug 23, 2016

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport’s highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday to dismiss the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal against exclusion from the ...

Aug 16, 2016

Russian whistleblower Stepanova switches residences

The Russian runner who blew the whistle on Russia’s doping scandal fears for her safety and has switched residences after hackers breached a database that records her whereabouts. Yulia Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly, spoke up about a state-run doping system in Russia that ...

Aug 13, 2016

WADA, CAS are target of hackers

The World Anti-Doping Agency and Court of Arbitration for Sport said they have been targeted by hackers, with an attempt made to obtain access credentials for the database which tracks athletes for drug testing. WADA said it learned “this week,” during the Rio Olympics, ...

Pound rips IOC 'moral leadership' crisis over Russia doping

Aug 6, 2016

Pound rips IOC 'moral leadership' crisis over Russia doping

Senior IOC member Dick Pound on Saturday slammed the International Olympic Committee’s lack of “moral leadership” over the Russia doping crisis and said the organization now faces a battle to restore its credibility. Pound, the first president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), declared ...

McLaren attacks IOC 'spin' on Russian doping report

Aug 5, 2016

McLaren attacks IOC 'spin' on Russian doping report

Anti-doping investigation leader Richard McLaren has accused the IOC of twisting the conclusions of his bombshell report on state-run substance abuse in Russia. The Canadian lawyer, clearly frustrated at reactions to his work, told The Guardian newspaper “people have misconstrued what went into that ...

Aug 4, 2016

AIBA clears 11 Russian boxers for Rio competition

The International Boxing Assocation (AIBA) said Thursday that all 11 Russian boxers entered for the Rio Olympics should be allowed to compete. The AIBA said a day before the opening ceremony that a review of the cases of the nine men and two women ...

IOC, WADA clash over Russian scandal

Aug 3, 2016

IOC, WADA clash over Russian scandal

Declaring that the global drug-testing system is damaged, Olympic leaders and anti-doping officials vowed Tuesday to fix the problems and prevent the type of scandal that has embroiled Russian athletes in the lead-up to the games in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC and the ...

IOC's decision on Russia a disgrace

| Jul 30, 2016

IOC's decision on Russia a disgrace

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The IOC has exposed itself as a toothless tiger. The Olympics’ global governing body showed it lacked the moral fortitude and backbone to take a necessary stand against Russia. By leaving it up to international sports federations to determine if Russian athletes who compete ...

Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Jul 28, 2016

Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team. Fencers and triathletes became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics ...

Jul 28, 2016

Speed skating legend Pechstein rips Bach

Five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein was the latest prominent German to lash out Wednesday at compatriot Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, over the IOC’s stance on state-run Russian doping. “In my eyes, Bach can be bought politically,” Pechstein, who was handed ...

Jul 26, 2016

Stepanova makes appeal to IOC

Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova’s hopes of competing in the Summer Olympics are all but over. Her fight to expose doping and corruption is not. “It’s OK to lose a good fight,” Stepanova’s husband, Vitaly Stepanov, told The Associated Press on Monday. They have appealed to ...

Jul 21, 2016

WADA reopens drug-testing lab

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday it has reinstated the laboratory that will carry out drug testing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which start in just over two weeks. The lab was shuttered last month for what WADA called “nonconformity with International Standard ...