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Russia Fires Outspoken Head of Embattled Anti-Doping Body

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Apr 18, 2013
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Russia Fires Outspoken Head of Embattled Anti-Doping Body


The outspoken head of Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Yury Ganus was fired from his position on Friday after accusing the country's sporting leadership of failing to fight widespread drug use. The decision to remove the director general "was taken unanimously," the president of Russia's Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov said at a press conference, according to an AFP journalist. Russia has been embroiled in sporting scandal since 2016 when widespread state-sponsored doping was revealed in an independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in December banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The appointment of Ganus as head of RUSADA in 2017 was supposed to help Russia clean up its image. Ganus sharply criticized the actions of Russia's sports leadership and described a ban on its athletes competing worldwide as justified by Moscow's failure to acknowledge wrongdoing and implement real reforms. Ganus, who was fully expecting the move, told AFP his removal would damage Russian sports since RUSADA "had become a bridge for restoring confidence" between Russia and international sporting bodies.

Te Kremlin utilized a much used tactic to get rid of certain officials, it conducted an 'audit' of RUSADA and found missing funds. It's the SOP 'financial crimes' template.

Seems Putin just can't let go from doping up Russian athletes.

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