Anti-doping leaders want Russian Federation excluded from Winter Games

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Anti-doping organisations have "serious doubts" that next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea will be clean and want Russian Federation to be banned from the Games.

International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald said evidence gathered so far will be combined with results of tests to determine whether urine and blood sample bottles had been tampered with, to replace positive samples with clean samples.

"In a few days we will have the results of the first batch of 50 bottles (determining whether or not they had been tampered with) and then we can proceed".

The IOC stopped short of a full ban of the Russian athletes at last year's Summer Games, instead giving worldwide sports federations a handful of days to determine eligibility of individual athletes.

According to the newspaper, the experts of WADA finished the review of cases of 96 athletes, of which only one case was found to be sufficient evidence of doping.

Explaining why sanctions could not conclusively be brought against numerous individual athletes identified in the Report, WADA said that there "simply may not be sufficient evidence required to sanction (the athletes), with potential ADRVs (Anti-Doping Rule Violations)".

According to the Report, over 1,000 Russian athletes - in summer, winter and Paralympic competitions - benefited from the alleged state-backed plot to hide positive doping tests.

It added that they remained committed to providing criteria for individual Russian athletes to compete as neutrals if they have been subject to "robust anti-doping protocols".

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At the close of this week's IOC meetings, Thomas Bach said the committee will continue to appeal for diplomatic solutions to the problems, and that it is monitoring deliberations in the U.N. Security Council, which on Friday condemned the North Korean test.

"We can't have the Winter Games overshadowed by an ongoing procedure with regard to Russian Federation", he said.

The second investigative body at the issue is a Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald. This is just the position of several Nados. More than 270 Russian athletes were cleared to compete in the Summer Games a year ago in Rio.

Oswald said his commission will first deal with six Russian skiers who were banned following the WADA report, and after that it will deal with Russians who are due to take part in Pyeongchang qualifiers.

However, Alexander Zhukov said Wada "didn't support this position". "I think it is the right thing, because in the end we need to serve our community and sport in a professional way", De Vos said.

The XXIII Winter Olympic Games will take place in South Korea's PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018, and Russia's participation in the event is still under a question. In another report, International Olympic Committee member Craig Reedie, who heads the World Anti-Doping Agency, said progress is being made toward reinstating Russia's suspended anti-doping agency.

Reedie called the criticisms "unhelpful and backward looking". "I want to make it quite clear that most of what they say in their press release is not policy, and is not helpful".

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