Life Ban for Russian doctor from any involvement in athletics by Cas.

Dr Sergei Portugalov has been banned for life from any involvement in athletics.

Dr Sergei Portugalov has been banned for life from any involvement in athletics.

In a statement, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) said “clear evidence” showed A Russian doctor doped athletes.

In the 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report said he was “very active in the conspiracy to cover up athletes’ positive tests in exchange for a percentage of their winnings”.

Last year, following a nationwide report stating more than 1,000 Russia sportsmen and women had benefitted from a state-sponsored doping programme Wada-commissioned McLaren report said.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said, “As a consequence, a lifetime period of ineligibility has been imposed.”

Following the suspension, Rusada who are the Russia’s anti-doping agency are also working to have its credentials restored with senior figures in athletics and at Wada Welcoming Russia’s work on restoring its anti-doping programme.

Senior figures in athletics and at Wada have stressed that Russia still has a lot to do.

Also on the international stage, all Russian athletes are banned from competition by athletics’ governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), until it is happy the country’s anti-doping measures stand up to scrutiny.

Speaking at a Wada conference on Monday, the organisation’s president, Craig Reedie, said: “There remains significant work to do. It must demonstrate its processes are autonomous and independent from outside interference.”

Pavel Kolobkov who is the Russia’s sports minister also spoke at the meeting to outline progress made – including changes to legislation criminalising doping in sport.

He added: “We are ready to pass any kind of external inspection.”

 

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