Pound said he had not seen the contents of the second

Pound said he had not seen the contents of the second

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Pound said he had not seen the contents of the second
McLaren report but expected it would paint a “very, very damaging” picture of Russian sport that would require a severe response from the IOC.
“To be switching samples in the middle of the Olympics in your country, it’s a huge attack on the Olympics,” Pound said.
“The Olympics are going to have to take a very strong stand on that, or they will lose more credibility.” Pound said WADA should be given the authority to impose its own sanctions on countries deemed to have broken anti-doping rules, with the right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“We have a very good system in place, what we do not have is a commitment of the people in that system to make it work,” Pound said.
“The international federations are not keen, most governments are not committed to it, as we saw with the Russian national antidoping organization, we think there are many other countries who have similar approach to that.
“We are now trying to look at enhancing that process. One of the suggestions we just put in place is now to give WADA the power to issue provisional sanctions which could be appealed to the CAS of course, but rather than simply reporting there have been violations and relying on an international federation, a country or a NADO (National Anti-Doping Organization) to impose a sanction, is to have means of action,” Pound added.
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Pound meanwhile said Russia’s rehabilitation after a year of sensational doping revelations could only take place if Moscow acknowledged the extent of the problem. However Pound said Russia had so far sent mixed signals over its response to the various doping claims.
“Clearly there are some people there that understand that change has to occur, some of the coaches and bureaucrats have been suspended,” Pound said.
“But on the other hand, the Minister of Sport is promoted to deputy prime minister in charge of sport and tourism, it is a reward.
“The Russian NOC (National Olympic Committee) president is promoted to deputy prime minister, there are ongoing statements that there was no state involvement, there are threats to put anybody who reports otherwise in jail, blanket denial of any involvement, it is not a good sign.
“You can cure many illnesses, (but) it is not possible to treat the persons involved until leadership acknowledge there is a problem.
“Russia has to come to the table and say: ‘We have done our own look at this, yes, there was a problem, yes, we have to solve that, give us the steps we need to go through, we will try to do that, we hope we can get it done to be back in good status in Pyeonchang’.
“But in order to do that, they’ve got to accept their responsibilities first.” (AFP)
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