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WADA President Says IOC's Credibility Lost Over Handling Of Russia Doping Scandal

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who also heads the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has criticized the IOC for what he says is a lack of “moral leadership” over a Russian state-sponsored doping system.

WADA President Dick Pound said on August 6 that the IOC now faces a battles to restore its credibility because of the way it has handled the Russian doping scandal.

In a commentary published by Canada's Globe And Mail newspaper, Pound declared himself "hugely disappointed by the IOC's lack of resolve in dealing with proven government-sponsored cheating" by a country "that showed complete contempt for the rules of the game."

A report for WADA by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren revealed evidence of a "state-dictated failsafe system" of cheating through the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Russia.

The IOC has banned more than 100 Russian athletes from the Rio games but decided against banning Russia’s entire team.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

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