Russia must comply some anti-doping standards before returning to athletic competitions

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The IAAF and WADA are not going to risk their reputations by rolling over and playing dead,” Dick Pound, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission, said on Wednesday. The ARD reports in recent months on doping in Russian sport were based on information provided by whistleblowers Vitaly Stepanov, who formerly worked for Russia’s anti-doping agency, and his wife Yuliya, an 800 metres runner banned for doping. Yuliya is expected to compete as an independent athlete in Rio, after receiving support from WADA chairman Craig Reedie. WADA had also offered financial support and relocation to the Stepanovs who currently live in an undisclosed location outside Russia. Vitaly, Yuliya and their young son have been in hiding and have changed residences nine times. will be allowed to return to competition, including August’s Rio Olympics, when it proves to WADA and the IAAF that it has met a series of conditions regarding its anti-doping operation.

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