WADA claims Russian athletes avoid doping tests

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced massive refusal of Russian athletes to take doping tests. Such a report was published on the official website of the organization on Thursday, June 16th.

It was reported that more than 700 of the planned tests were disrupted for various reasons, including that athletes put restricted military towns as their home address, where WADA staff have no access. Doping officers also faced with situations when Russian athletes left the stadium before the end of competition in order to avoid tests.

WADA could not verify participants of Russian Weightlifting Championships in Vladikavkaz, and Greco-Roman wrestling in Grozny. They were not allowed to enter the cities, due to “tense situation in the regions.”

The report also shows that among the 455 doping tests that WADA staff managed to take, 52 were positive. Meldonium was found in 49 of them.

WADA report was released the day before the meeting of the Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations which will take place on June 17. During the board it will be decided whether the Russian team will be allowed to the Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Source: Lenta.Ru