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Russia doping whistleblower welcomes ban, urges review of Olympic results

Washington - The former head of Russia's anti-doping agency, who fled Moscow after turning whistleblower, on Monday welcomed a four-year ban from major sporting events imposed on his country.

Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup over doping

Lausanne - The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data.

Moscow-linked hackers hit anti-doping agencies: Microsoft

Paris - A hackers group linked to Moscow has targeted sporting and anti-doping organisations across the world with "significant" cyberattacks as anti-doping authorities mull new allegations against Russia.

World sport anti-doping body says to probe Russia 'inconsistencies'

Apo - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced Monday a probe into "inconsistencies" in laboratory data provided by Russia, raising the possibility of a fresh ban on the country in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev dies after fight

Moscow - Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died from injuries sustained in a fight in Maryland, the Russian boxing federation announced on Tuesday.

WADA collects 2,200 samples from disgraced Moscow lab: statement

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Tuesday it had retrieved 2,262 samples from Moscow's former drug-testing laboratory which will be subjected to further analysis.

Paralympics lift Russia suspension to Kremlin 'delight'

Bonn - The International Paralympic Committee said Friday it will conditionally readmit Russia by March this year, lifting a suspension imposed over a doping scandal.A Kremlin spokesman responded by saying Russia was delighted.

After World Cup, Russians flock to matches

Moscow - Many thought the football craze in Russia would not last and the shiny new stadiums built for the World Cup would rapidly become "white elephants" the country could not afford.

WADA say 'successfully retrieved' doping data from Moscow lab

Paris - WADA said Thursday that they have "successfully retrieved" data from the Moscow laboratory at the heart of Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal which involved more than 1,000 athletes and 30 sports.

Pound says 'not end of world' Russia missed lab testing deadline

Paris - Former WADA president Dick Pound is against imposing fresh sanctions on Russia for missing a deadline to allow World Anti-Doping Agency experts access to its Moscow laboratory."It's not the end of the world," former WADA president told AFP on Friday.

WADA experts begin extracting Russian lab data: minister

Moscow - Russia's sports minister on Thursday said that experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency have begun procedures to copy data of the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, their second attempt to do so.

Kremlin blames 'logistics' for missed WADA deadline

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday said Moscow's failure to meet the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deadline last week to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory could be explained by logistical problems.

WADA team pays first visit to Moscow doping lab

Moscow - A team of World Anti-Doping Agency experts had access for the first time to the Moscow drug-testing laboratory on Wednesday, the Russian Sports Ministry announced.

Tygart attacks WADA over 'backroom' deal to reinstate Russia

Paris - US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart told AFP on Friday that athletes had lost confidence in WADA following the decision to lift the ban on Russia's anti-doping agency.

'Treachery' or 'transparent'? Russian athletes to return as WADA lifts doping ban

Victoria - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday lifted a ban on Russia's anti-doping agency, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition but also sparking claims of "treachery" and "dark shadows" cast over the fight against drugs in sp...

Whistleblower warns WADA of 'catastrophe' if Russia ban eased

Los Angeles - Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov said Tuesday the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) risked a "catastrophe for clean sport" if it lifts a suspension against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency later this week.

WADA committee member quits in wake of Russia ban decision

Montr - Olympic champion Beckie Scott resigned from the World Anti-Doping Agency committee which recommended ending Russia's drug suspension on Saturday as the global watchdog defended its handling of the case.

WADA to reinstate Russia after doping suspension: statement

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency has been given the green light to lift its ban on Russia's drug-tainted testing authority after a recommendation from investigators, the global doping watchdog said Friday.

Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Russia could be "proud" of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success "in every respect" after Sunday's final.

Russia's fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

Moscow - The impassioned shouts of "Ros-si-ya" died away on the streets and tears filled the stadium as Russia bowed out of their home World Cup in the cruellest fashion: on penalties.

Moscow students make rare protest against World Cup

Moscow - Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow's top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital's few green spaces.

Abandoned by time, Russian provinces cherish World Cup cheer

Velikiy Novgorod - Halfway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg in a city abandoned by time, the ball pings across the slushy snow as boys emulate the stars who will shine at the World Cup.

FIFA 'concerned' by arrest in Chechnya of rights activist

Moscow - FIFA said Wednesday they were "deeply concerned" about the detention in Russia of a rights campaigner that drew international condemnation ahead of the World Cup.

Watchdog urges Russia world cup opening boycott over Syria

Beirut - World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin's VIP box at next month's World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Main Moscow airport misses World Cup runway deadline: report

Moscow - Moscow's busiest airport will not receive a crucial new runway in time for the World Cup, a report said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Vladimir Putin's prestige event.

Russia's World Cup team told to avoid 'exotic tea'

Moscow - Russia's World Cup team was told to stay away from "exotic teas" and foreign medicine to avoid testing positive for doping during this year's final.

Russia shrugs off World Cup no-show by British ministers, royals

Moscow - Moscow on Tuesday shrugged off London's decision not to send British ministers and royals to Russia's World Cup over a nerve agent attack on a former double agent.

Five diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup

Paris - The escalating war of words over the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is just one of a slew of diplomatic rows clouding Russia's preparations as hosts of the World Cup this summer.

Five diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup

Paris - The World Cup is a prime opportunity for the host country to burnish its international image -- but Russia's tensions with the West mean that will prove tricky this year.

Olympics not 'tainted' by Russian doping, says Bach

Pyeongchang - Olympics chief Thomas Bach denied the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had been "tainted" by the Russian doping scandal as officials voted to keep Russia's suspension in place for the closing ceremony on Sunday.
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