WADA to consider new probes into Russian doping
The World Anti-Doping Agency is prepared to open new inquiries into suspected systematic doping in Russian sports and other countries. Four months after a WADA-commissioned investigation alleged a Russian doping conspiracy in track and field, WADA president Craig Reedie said on Monday he would “reanalyze” the report to see if new cases were needed. “I will determine whether or not there is sufficient information to propose further investigations,” Reedie told a conference of anti-doping officials from across the world.
Reedie reacted to criticism from the WADA athletes’ commission last week, which said comments in the “incriminating” report justified investigating other sports in Russia, and track and field programs in several other countries. The promise helped keep Russia as the focus of doping issues one week after Maria Sharapova announced her positive test for meldonium. The blood-flow enhancing medication has triggered at least 99 positive cases, many from former Soviet Union countries.