Russia Doping: New Wada Report Reveals Obstructions to Testing


Anti-doping officials in Russia are being stopped from testing athletes and threatened by security services, says a World Anti-Doping Agency report.

The report was published two days before athletics’ governing body rules on whether Russian competitors can take part in the Rio Olympics this summer.

In November, Russia’s athletes were banned after a Wada report highlighted widespread failing in testing.

The country’s athletics chiefs had pledged to make wholesale changes.

What does the Wada report say?

The latest Wada findings include:

  • 73 of 455 tests on athletes could not be collected
  • 736 tests were declined or cancelled
  • 23 missed tests, which the report described as a “significant amount”
  • 52 adverse findings

The report includes examples of the lengths athletes from different sports allegedly went to both to avoid tests and fool doping control officers (DCOs).

It says one athlete was seen running away from the mixed zone after an event, and another left the stadium during a race and could not be located.

Wada also highlighted the case of an athlete who, it says, used a container inserted inside her “presumably containing clean urine”.

When she tried to use the container it leaked onto the floor and not into the collection vessel. The athlete is alleged to have tried to bribe the DCO before providing a sample that subsequently returned an adverse finding.

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