New Zealand calls for Russian Olympic ban after report reveals shocking doping system video

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Drug Free Sport NZ chief executive Graeme Steel says Russia must be banned from the Rio Olympics for widespread doping.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) is calling for Russia to be banned from the Rio Olympics after a World Anti-Doping Agency report confirmed Moscow's involvement in doping athletes for the Sochi Winter Games.

"To find out that Russian athletes have systematically cheated and been supported by those accountable for ensuring they are competing clean is a massive betrayal," DFSNZ chief executive Graeme Steel said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We support the international sporting community in calling for swift action against those responsible. The IOC and IPC must show their commitment to the integrity of sport by banning the whole Russian team from competing next month at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. 

Moscow's drug testing laboratory is the centre of an damning investigation that threatens the country's participation at ...
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Moscow's drug testing laboratory is the centre of an damning investigation that threatens the country's participation at the Rio Olympics.

"To ban Russia from the Rio Games would be an unprecedented step, but there is no appropriate alternative response to the conclusions in the report."

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"The international sporting community must put a stake in the ground and say enough is enough," Steel said.

"Clean athletes from New Zealand and the rest of the world need to be reassured that those they compete against are subject to anti-doping programmes that have integrity. 

"Moreover where that is proven to not be the case the athletes who benefit from a doping programme must not be allowed to take advantage of that. We have no doubt that the IOC must respond decisively to the findings in the report. The future integrity of sport depends on it."

The New Zealand Olympic Committee labelled the WADA findings "shocking and deeply concerning".

"They will have an unprecedented impact on the international sporting movement," the NZOC said in a statement on Tuesday.

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"Our thoughts are with the clean athletes around the world that have been negatively impacted by the long-term systemic cheating outlined in the report.
 
"The New Zealand Olympic Committee has a zero-tolerance approach to doping and commends the IOC for their ongoing commitment to anti-doping.  We now look to the IOC as they consider the findings detailed overnight and balance collective responsibility with individual justice.

"Given the strong stance articulated in Agenda 2020 to protect clean athletes and their track record to date, we would expect the IOC to take the strongest possible steps available to them."

MCLAREN REPORT KEY OUTCOMES

-  The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated fail-safe system, described in the report as the "Disappearing Positive Methodology".

-  The Sochi laboratory operated a unique sample swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Games.

- The Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athletes' analytical results and sample swapping, with the active participation and assistance of the Federal Security Service; the Centre of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia; and, both Moscow and Sochi laboratories.

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