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Russia's continued battle with WADA

Russian athletics continue to struggle with widespread doping allegations this month, with new sanctions coming out and prominent officials recommending the country's athletics federation remain banned from global competition.

Although sports organizations in the country have made reforms to address the complaints of various anti-doping organizations over the last several years, some claim that has done nothing to change the widespread doping culture Russian sport has become.

Russian athletics federation struggles to implement change

Since the Russian athletic federation’s suspension by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2015, athletes from Russia have struggled to regain a place in global sport. At a press conference June 19, Yuri Ganus, the director of Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency, claimed Russia’s federation was not doing enough to change doping culture in Russian athletics. Ganus told reporters that the anti-doping agency had “serious grounds to say that the federation in its current condition cannot be reinstated.”

WADA transfers over 100,000 files on Russian doping

Meanwhile, the World Anti-Doping Agency recently handed over thousands of computer files on Russia to the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit’s in connection with its investigation into Russian track and field. The data, reportedly originating from a WADA-accredited laboratory in Russia, could bring further allegations of doping against individual Russian athletes. Many athletes have already faced sanctions from this investigation, which focuses on doping in track and field between 2012 and 2015.

All of this comes as Russia advocates to have its track and field team reinstated by global authorities before the world championships in Qatar this fall. 

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