Friday 23 August 2019

Treacy calls for Russian sanctions

Role: John Treacy Photo: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Role: John Treacy Photo: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE Sportsdesk

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy has called for the "strongest possible action" against Russia following the damning WADA report into a state-sponsored doping cover-up.

More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports benefited in the cover-up between 2011 and 2015, with the conspiracy involving dozens of medallists from the 2012 Olympics, the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Treacy reiterated Sport Ireland's support for strong measures to combat state-sponsored doping and subversion of anti-doping.

"The findings of the final instalment of the McLaren Report reinforce Sport Ireland's position that the strongest possible action should be taken at an international level against Russia," he said.

"Any sanction taken should remain in place until such time as Russia can demonstrate that it has addressed all of the issues identified in the report and that robust systems are in place to ensure that this will never happen again.

"This issue stretches beyond anti-doping - governance across all international sporting organisations needs to be addressed."

Irish Independent

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