Sport by Press Association 20/09/2018, 5:59 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The World Anti-Doping Agency has been accused of “failing clean athletes” around the globe by its own vice-president after it controversially lifted the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s suspension. Norwegian politician Linda Helleland was one of only two members on WADA’s 12-strong executive committee to reject a compromise deal to reinstate RUSADA at a meeting in the Seychelles on Thursday. The Russian agency and its Moscow laboratory were suspended in November 2015 when their central roles in Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme were first revealed by a WADA-sponsored investigation. A second WADA-funded investigation in 2016 broadened the scandal, plunging Olympic and Paralympic sport into a crisis it is still wrestling with, as the reaction to Thursday’s vote demonstrates. In a statement, Helleland, who had announced on Tuesday that she would vote to uphold RUSADA’s ban as the Russian authorities had still not met the last two criteria on a “roadmap to compliance” agreed in 2016, said the decision to reinstate “casts a dark shadow over the credibility of the anti-doping movement”. Claiming it was “wrong to welcome RUSADA back until they had fully and transparently… Read full this story
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