Latest Doping Ruling Might Keep Russia Out of Paralympics Again


Craig Reedie, right, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Olivier Niggli, the agency’s director general. The agency’s foundation board will meet Thursday in Seoul and is expected to announce that Russia remains noncompliant.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency’s compliance review committee has recommended to the organization’s leaders that they not recertify Russia — meaning the country would remain noncompliant with global sports’ accepted antidoping code — according to two people with knowledge of the committee’s ruling.

If the agency follows the committee’s counsel, the decision could result in Russia continuing to be barred from major events like the New York City Marathon, the world track and field championships and the Paralympics. The international governing bodies for track and field and the Paralympics have said they will not restore Russian athletes’ eligibility in their events until WADA has recertified the country’s antidoping agency.

The antidoping agency’s leaders will…

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