Dozens of Russian athletes have been tested positive for meldonium which was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from this year. (Sputnik Photo)
Dozens of Russian athletes have been tested positive for meldonium which was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from this year. (Sputnik Photo)

The world’s leading national anti-doping agencies have called for Russia to be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics and criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for “inaction” over the Russian doping scandal.

Seventeen National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) leaders said Russian should be banned from the Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea “for proven corruption of the Sochi Olympic Games and continuing failure in its obligations to clean sport.”

In a strongly-worded statement following a two-day meeting in Denver, Colorado, the NADO leaders accused the IOC of a “continuing refusal to hold Russia accountable for one of the biggest doping scandals in sports history.”

It said “IOC inaction imperils clean athletes and the future of the Olympic movement

Source: GNA/dpa/NewsGhana.com.gh

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