Anti-doping group wants Winter Games ban of Russian leaders

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Weightlifting will have to pass several hurdles to prove it is doping-free or it risks losing its established Olympic spot for the Paris 2024 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.

The road cyclists were among the Russians banned from competing after a WADA-commissioned report by Canadian lawyer McLaren, found evidence of widespread doping and manipulation of doping tests by Russian athletes and officials. The full reinstatement might occur in November.

"It will be a Russian team with the Russian anthem and Russian flag", Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic committee, told reporters. After that, some IOC members in their speeches largely criticized the statements incurring considerable damage to the Olympic movement.

The report said the Russian doping activity involved 1,000 athletes in 30 different sports, both winter and summer.

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"We are now working through an agreed roadmap", Reedie said.

"Heads of the commissions are serious people, who do not say words for no reasons". "We will continue to monitor this". The World Anti-Doping Agency has cleared 95 of the first 96 athletes whose cases of doping in competitions have been reviewed.

Denis Oswald. the head of one of two Olympic commissions looking into allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian Federation, said evidence gathered so far will be combined shortly with the results of tests conducted to determine whether urine and blood sample bottles had been tampered with at the Sochi games.

The IWF, run by 78-year-old Tamas Ajan, who is in his fifth term, has previously taken action to try to eradicate doping from the sport. He added that his commission could only ban athletes from the Olympics and not impose other sanctions.

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The cyclists - Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov - do not appear in the McLaren report, which said that 26 positive doping tests by Russian cyclists had been covered up.

The Olympics are scheduled for February 8-25 in Pyeongchang.

Beginning previous year, Russian athletes were constantly under the gun due to numerous doping abuse accusations.

Russian track and field athletes were barred from last year's Rio Olympics and from the World Championships in Athletics in London last month. "The DPRK NOC did not send any athletes to Sochi (2014 winter Olympics) because of qualification but hopefully if they qualify they will go (to Pyeongchang)".

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