WADA eyes power to sanction cheating countries, sports before 2018 Olympics

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Isinbayeva was not mentioned by name during the meeting but she was clearly referred to, and WADA's deputy director general Rob Koehler told his colleagues she would "be gone" by the end of May. On Thursday, May 18, 2017, a bit over a year after The New York Times revealed the sordid specifics of a doping scandal that pervaded Russia's Olympic team, the World Anti-Doping Agency's governing board meets.

WADA's foundation board voted Thursday to fast-track the new rules in hopes of having them in place for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A report from Rob Koehler, head of WADA's Compliance Review Committee, said Russian Federation has agreed to a list of conditions for reinstatement of its national anti-doping program that was banned after a 2015 doping scandal.

If the changes are approved, the IOC, along with national Olympic committees and anti-doping agencies, would have to adhere to a new system of sanctions, subject to appeals.

The WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation of the activities of RUSADA, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9, 2015.

He said that RUSADA was still non-compliant with the WADA requirements but would be given an opportunity to do testing under the supervision of worldwide experts and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD). Moscow is making efforts aimed at reforming its sports and ensuring Russian athletes' access to main world competitions.

Isinbayeva took the anti-doping post in December.

Valerie Fourneyron, chairman of WADA's Medical Committee, headed a working group to study the creation of the new testing agency.

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