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Vitaly Mutko PROMOTED to Deputy Prime Minister in Russia, retaining an oversight role over Sports Ministry. One of Putin's oldest allies.

I guess being in charge of a sports ministry mired in a huge doping scandal, losing dozens of computers during a world cup bid investigation, and praising Russian hooligans at Euro 2016 is no barrier to progress in Putinland.

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On 10/9/2016 at 8:33 PM, baron-pierreIV said:

Craven said what needed to be said, prank call or NOT.  It's good that Bach should hear those un-abridged, frank comments.  

Too bad that Craven will apologize for that truthful words..

Sir Philip writes letter of apology to Bach after criticism of IOC President in prank phone call

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Oh my.. The scandal continues..

German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who covers doping issues, stated that the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) should revise its "friendship" with the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) President Thomas Bach, during an anti-doping symposium in Berlin on Monday.

"It is now the time ... when one has to question the friendship with Thomas Bach and decide if German sport should finally emancipate itself from the IOC president, because like this it doesn't work anymore," the journalist said.

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British 4x400m women in line for Beijing Olympic bronze after doping disqualifications

Belarus’ disqualification, following that of Russia, could lift Britain’s 4x400m relay team into the bronze medal position

Britain’s female 4x400m team from the Beijing 2008 Olympics may be in line to receive bronze medals after the Belarusian team was disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A British quartet of Christine Ohuruogu, Nicola Sanders, Marilyn Okoro and Kelly Sotherton originally finished fifth.

The USA ran home with gold and Jamaica with bronze, though disqualifications to the Russian team, who finished second, and now fourth-placed Belarus after 400m runner Sviatlana Usovich was among five more athletes to have been caught doping in IOC sample retests, could see the Brits upgraded into third position.

Ohuruogu is already a gold medallist from Beijing having followed up her 2007 World Championships 400m gold with an Olympic title, and a relay bronze would add a fourth medal to her Olympic collection after an individual silver from London 2012 and a relay bronze from Rio this year.

The women are set to follow in the footsteps of the British men’s relay squad who could be upgraded to bronze after Russia’s bronze medal-winning team were also disqualified after Denis Alexeev was disqualified from the Games for testing positive.

With potential bronze medals to both 4x400m squads as well as javelin thrower Goldie Sayers, who came fourth in a competition which has since seen Russia’s Maria Abakumova disqualified, the total British medals would rise to seven.

The performance director of UK Athletics at the time, Dave Collins, was sacked in the aftermath of the Games with Britain having come away from China with just four medals – one shy of the target set by UK Sport.

Sotherton, who also won heptathlon bronze at the 2004 Olympics, tweeted: “I’ve just learnt I could be a double Olympic medallist. I’m happy, absolutely f****** fuming and sad.”

 

F*cking joke - Russia again! Hope they get their medals in front of a home crowd at London 2017.

Read more at http://www.athleticsweekly.com/featured/british-4x400m-women-beijing-olympic-bronze-doping-disqualifications-53913#5w2GkfHiK1FHe7OC.99

 

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The saga continues, and twists some more:

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‘British Olympic champion’ caught up in alleged IAAF doping cover-up

Former Russian chief alleges IAAF covered up potential doping violations
IAAF also accused of ignoring suspicious blood tests of Russian athletes
 

A sensational new message has emerged from the disgraced former head of Russian athletics in which he alleges the IAAF covered up potential doping violations by British athletes.

In a documentary alleging a welter of new claims about corruption and “mafia style practices” at the International Association of Athletics Federations under its former president Lamine Diack, which is due to be broadcast on Sunday night as part of a joint investigation with the French newspaper Le Monde, the German investigative journalist Hajo Seppelt has uncovered evidence that senior figures at athletics’ world governing body deliberately ignored suspicious blood tests for at least six top Russian athletes since 2011. The programme makers are also publishing a message from Valentin Balakhnichev – the former head of the Russian federation banned for life by the IAAF ethics commission – dating from July 2014, in which he threatens unnamed IAAF officials with blowing the whistle on the conspiracy.

[continues]

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/25/british-olympic-champion-iaaf-alleged-doping-cover-up

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Apparently (not confirmed) nowadays Hajo Seppelt needs personal security, hardly ever heard of for a German journalist.

One could wonder why...

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Jessica Ennis-Hill set to get 2011 Worlds gold after Chernova results annulled

Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to be awarded the World Championship heptathlon gold medal from 2011 after Russian winner Tatyana Chernova had her results annulled for doping.

Chernova, 28, won gold ahead of Ennis-Hill in Daegu on 30 August 2011.

She was banned in 2015 for two years for doping, and stripped of two years of results, up to 14 August 2011.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) now says she must forfeit the world title she won two weeks later.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/38151494

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Surprised no one has mentioned this yet but a documentary called Icarus about the Russian doping scandal was recently released on Netflix. It stars Bryan Fogel who goes in posing as an amateur cyclist to figure out ways to cheat the testing system. He talked about it a bit last night on Late Show with Seth Meyers.

 

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BIG!

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A key database confirming allegations made in the McLaren Report have been obtained and studied by the World Anti-Doping Agency, they announced today. 

The information, obtained by WADA's investigations team from a whistleblower, marks huge breakthrough in the investigation into doping and sample tampering by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The electronic records from the Moscow Laboratory are to be shared with the two International Olympic Committee-commissioned investigations into alleged institutionalised doping in Russia.

The new development could be a serious blow to the chances of Russia competing under its own flag at next year's Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. 

The information includes details of thousands of drugs tests, providing new evidence which appears to confirm many of the allegations made by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in his second WADA-commissioned report published in December 2016. 

The WADA are expected to confirm more details of the database later today. 

 

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1057756/wada-obtain-key-database-proving-russian-sample-tampering-at-sochi-2014

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Meanwhile it seems Russia is already blackmailing by threatening to pull a full boycott if they're banned from either using the Flag or anthem. However the source is kind of dubious so take it with a grain of salt.

http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/russians-threaten-to-boycott-2018-wnter-olympic-games-adler-reports

PC2018 hasn't started yet and things are getting very dramatic. 

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IAAF extend ban on Russia into 2019 until data from Moscow Laboratory received
By Duncan Mackay at the Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel in Monte Carlo Tuesday, 4 December 2018

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IAAF Taskforce head Rune Andersen recommended that the ban on Russia was extended into 2019 ©YouTube

Russia will remain banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) into 2019 after it was decided to extend their suspension until the samples and data from the Moscow Laboratory have been made available, it was announced here today.

The decision to continue the ban means that Russia will not be able to compete under their own flag at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow in February.

But Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag providing they meet strict criteria on anti-doping.

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) was initially suspended by the IAAF in November 2015 following allegations of widespread state-supported doping.

This was the ninth occasion that the IAAF ruling Council had voted to extend the ban.

The data from the Moscow Laboratory is seen as key in helping establish the extent of doping in Russian athletics between 2011 and 2015.

"I hope they'll deliver the data by the end of this year," Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF's Taskforce on Russia, said.

"But I cannot go any further than that.

"We've received no assurances it will be delivered to us directly.

"Assurances have been given to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and WADA have set a deadline of December 31 to receive the data.

"We'll have to rely on receiving the data from WADA before handing it to the AIU (Athletics Integrity Unit)."

The agreement by the IAAF to maintain the ban comes despite the controversial decision by WADA in September to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

That came after WADA dropped one of the key recommendations of its own roadmap - that Russia accepted the findings of the McLaren Report, the investigation carried out by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren which found evidence of state-sponsored doping.

Instead, WADA claimed it was satisfied with an acceptance of all of the findings of the International Olympic Committee-commissioned Schmid Report, which most experts believe is not as critical of senior figures within the Russian Government as the McLaren Report.

Andersen makes it clear in his report this is not a decision he and his colleagues on the IAAF Taskforce agree with.

"[IAAF] Council has previously agreed with the Taskforce that this condition is very important in terms of delivering assurance that reintegrating RusAF and its athletes to international competitions will not undermine the integrity of those competitions," he wrote in his report

"Unless the McLaren findings are acknowledged and properly addressed, how can we feel confident that there will not be further undermining of RUSADA’s activities moving forward?

"The Taskforce remains disappointed that Russia has not recognised all of the findings of the McLaren reports directly."

Russia must also pay all of the IAAF's costs for the investigation since they were first banned.

The figure at the end of June was $2.7 million (£2.1 million/€2.4 million) but could increase dramatically if the RusAF carries through its threat to take the IAAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an effort to get its suspension lifted.

RusAF claims it cannot afford the fee and has asked the IAAF to pay in installments.

"Regulating our debts financially requires a lot of work and in-depth consideration," RusAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin said.

"We need to draw up various legal documents and discuss the payment arrangements.

"We're also talking with the IAAF about possibly paying in installments over six months."

The IAAF, though, does not appear to be prepared to back down on the issue of receiving full payment before it lifts Russia's suspension

"This debt must be settled," Andersen said.

"We need to receive the money."

To read Andersen's full IAAF Taskforce report, click here

insidethegames.

 

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Inside the Games: Further calls made to reinstate RUSADA suspension with Moscow Laboratory deadline set to expire

It looks like Russia won't provide the data they promised or provide access to their labs even with the extension.

I almost suspect that another ban is precisely what Putin's United Russia party wants. They get to sell this to the Russian people as an orchestrated campaign by the west against Russia, its athletes and Putin personally. Poor Mother Russia is being attacked by the conniving Catholics and Germans.

This must be awful for the clean Russian athletes. I wonder if some of them will try to switch nationalities.

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Russia's IAAF Suspension Stays
23/09/19

(ATR) The IAAF Council on Monday unanimously votes to keep the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) suspended.

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IAAF President Sebastian Coe and Rune Andersen in Doha (Matthew Quine/IAAF)


The decision came hours after the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Executive Committee announced in Japan that it had opened compliance proceedings against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) after discrepancies were found in the data from a Moscow laboratory that RUSADA had handed over to WADA in January.

WADA is fast-tracking the procedure, which means RUSADA has three weeks to answer WADA’s questions about the data.

Rune Andersen, who chairs the IAAF taskforce on Russia, said his panel had taken note of what has been occurring with the WADA Executive Committee and that “the early indications from the analysis of the data are that there are discrepancies” with the data. Andersen also said that the IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) investigations into the data were still ongoing, leaving one of the requirements for Russian reinstatement on hold.

Two other conditions have also not been met, according to Andersen.

One is “that there is a recurring problem of athletes and local athletics federations working with banned coaches which undermines the creation of any strong anti-doping culture. It is premature to tell if the reported measures taken by RusAF will work therefore the associated reinstatement conditions have not been met.”

Additionally, Andersen says the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is still investigating whether RusAF officials were involved with covering up possible doping by world indoor high jump champion Danil Lysenko.

Andersen did say that RusAF had met an additional condition for reinstatement by paying an outstanding invoice of $187,039 to the IAAF for costs incurred in the quarter ending June 30, 2019.

Russia has been banned from global athletics since 2015 following the state-sponsored doping scandal.

The decision to keep the suspension in place means Russian athletes cannot compete under their own flag at the World Championships, which begin on Friday in Doha.

Thirty Russian athletes who have met drug-testing and eligibility criteria will be competing as neutral athletes at the worlds.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said that the council debated the issues at length on Monday and “the feeling was very strong” to keep the suspension of RusAF in place.

“It really does not remotely surprise me that the Council unanimously endorsed the strongest recommendation that we have probably thus had from the task force that the Russian federation remain suspended. That will be our position as we enter congress and I’m sure the member federations will want to endorse the unanimous decision that was struck by the council,” Coe said.

The IAAF Congress meets on Wednesday in Doha.

Implications for Weightlifting, Too

Outside of the IAAF, the International Weightlifting Federation is expected to confer with WADA to “understand any implications" for cases it has brought against athletes stemming from the Moscow Laboratory after Russia was accused of manipulating the data.

U.S. Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews says he has seen changes in Russia's anti-doping culture. But he says honesty is the key for restoring the credibility of Russia.

"It is unfortunate, but sadly not surprising to hear that there was a manipulation of data in Moscow. There are good people in Russia who are trying to make positive changes in the culture, including RFWF President Maxim Agapitov, but the past keeps coming back to haunt them. It is time for Russia to tell the whole truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth and to allow President Agapitov and others to move forward in a new clean era.

"Russia should be providing an example for other nations, such as Thailand, who have chosen dishonesty over the integrity of sport. They have that opportunity but to take it they must give the whole unadulterated truth to the world," says Andrews.

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