Ukraine joins initiative to remove Russian national team from Winter Olympics
The National Anti-Doping Center (NADC) of Ukraine has supported the initiative to remove the Russian national team from the Winter Olympics, which will be held in February in South Korea, as stated on the website of the NADC of Ukraine.
"On September 14, 2017, in Denver (USA), a special meeting of 17 heads of national anti-doping organizations was held under the auspices of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) .The two-day meeting discussed issues of the responsibility of the Russian Federation for one of the largest doping scandals in the history of sports. iNADO leaders called on the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to prohibit the Russian Olympic Committee from participating in the 2018 Winter Games for proven doping corruption during the Olympic Games in Sochi and continuing its non-compliance with its obligations for cleaning the sport against doping," said the statement.
The statement was supported by Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA, as well as iNADO.
"The National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine joins the appeal of these countries on the need to prosecute the Russian Federation, including by removing Russian sports federations from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The corresponding letter from the NADC of Ukraine has been officially sent to the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations,” said the statement.
Athletes and weightlifters from Russia were not allowed at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the entire Russian Paralympic team was disqualified.