– Vice-speaker of the state Duma Igor Lebedev considers that the decision of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) on the unrestored Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) of rights will affect the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the admission of Russia to the Olympics in 2018.
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“WADA has refused to restore the rights of the journalist, and probably the IOC decision will be made on the basis of this and our country will be a full-admission to the Olympic games in Korea, or permit with restrictions, which is unacceptable for Russia,” Lebedev wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
In his opinion, “there is no sport, no doping, and there is only one big politics”.
Earlier Thursday, the Council of founders WADA at a meeting in Seoul decided not to restore the rights of the Russian anti-doping Agency.
The head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov called the decision political, but noted that the failure to restore RUSADA rights does not affect the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic games-2018. “All the speakers (on the Council of founders WADA, who refused to restore the rights of RUSADA) said that the Russian athletes not caught in doping, should take part in all the competitions,” – said Zhukov.
The head OKR has noticed that this time, WADA had not adopted a special appeal to the IOC to ban the Russian national team to participate in the Olympics as it was before the Games in Rio de Janeiro.