WADA to investigate athletes coached by banned Salazar

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"The worst case of the system failure, certainly in my time as president, if not in the entire history of the anti-doping movement, has been with Russia", WADA President Reedie said addressing the 5th World Conference on Doping in Sport, hosted by Poland's Katowice on Tuesday.

The WADA Executive Committee reinstated the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on September 20, 2018 on condition that before December 31, 2018 WADA experts would be granted access to doping samples at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab, which was sealed off in connection with a federal investigation.

Then, he called upon sports leaders, governments and private companies to contribute to a cause he portrayed as massively underfunded. These words which I used at the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg 2013, are still true today. "It is not a new idea to engage big sponsors as part of their corporate social responsibility".

"We can look back at what testing these athletes have been subjected to over the years", Reedie told The Times.

He added that the financial contribution from sport's combined stakeholders is estimated at $260 million during the four-year Olympic cycle.

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Witold Banka, Poland's Tourism and Sports Minister who will take over the WADA leadership from Craig Reedie on January 1, said the organization urgently needed to increase revenues and being a sponsor of sports events came with a responsibility. "But it will be more interesting for us if there are samples we can retest".

The verdict resulted in Salazar's Nike Oregon Project being shut down, though the 61-year-old stated he will appeal his four-year ban.

Russian Federation is now answering questions about manipulation of the data from its Moscow laboratory that is being used to prosecute dozens of doping cases. WADA negotiated to receive the data so it could pursue cases stemming from the country's elaborate cheating scheme at the Sochi Olympics and other major events.

"We can't keep our athletes in this situation for such a long period of time", said Yuri Ganus, the head of Russia's anti-doping agency. "We have to change the people who realized this approach because now Russian sport is in the fifth year of the doping crisis".

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