Doping: Kremlin calls WADA's decision on Russian Federation 'unfair'

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The World Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday refused to lift its suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, putting into doubt that country's participation in next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov echoed the point, saying "broadcasting the Olympics ties in with buying expensive rights".

"We do not agree with this decision, we believe it to be unfair".

The Vedomosti business daily said Russian channels would be unable to turn a profit on low viewership, reporting that licenses for the 2018 Winter Games and the 2020 Winter Olympics in Japan cumulatively cost $40 million.

We will remind, earlier on the official WADA website appeared in the results of the meeting of the leadership of the Agency, which accepted the fate of RUSADA.

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The decision had been expected after Russian Federation refused to admit running a state-sponsored doping system, as detailed in an explosive report for WADA by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

The IOC has said it will decide on Russia's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea during its executive board meeting being held from December 5-7.

"RUSADA meets all the principles of independence and transparency, and a huge amount of work has been done in recent months", Yury Ganus, RUSADA's director, told reporters in Moscow.

Following WADA's ruling, the new head of Russia's anti- doping agency RUSADA said today his organisation would continue "the huge amount" of work it has done in recent months.