Russian doctor Portugalov banned for life in doping case

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Sadovnichy also said that the university was ready to invite for future work foreign specialists as well as domestic experts from the now suspended Moscow anti-doping laboratory.

The former Olympic fencing champion, who replaced Vitaly Mutko as sports minister in October, was speaking to more than 700 delegates at the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) annual symposium in Lausanne.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued a life ban against doctor Sergei Portugalov, the alleged mastermind of doping in Russian track and field, Russia's athletics federation said Monday.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has been suspended since the eruption of the scandal over the widespread use of banned substances in Russian sport in 2014. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended. "[Rusada] must demonstrate its processes are autonomous and independent from outside interference", Reedie told an global meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"We continue the work to restore the compliance of the Russian agency".

Russia's sports minister Pavel Kolobkov also spoke at the meeting to outline progress made - including changes to legislation criminalising doping in sport.

WADA "has agreed to a road map to ensure that RUSADA is back in line with the World Anti-Doping Code", Kolobkov told the symposium.

The WADA's Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, conducted an investigation into doping allegations in Russian sports and eventually came up with two parts to the report, the first delivered in July and the second in early December.

Following the first part of the report, which claimed systematic doping abuse and manipulations in Russian sports, the country's track and field and weightlifting teams were banned from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

He started his speech by saying the "greatest tragedy" in Russian sport is that clean athletes have been banned from competing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), describing this as "simply inhuman".

The CAS said in a statement that there was "clear evidence" that Portugalov had been guilty of breaching anti-doping regulations, including the possession and administration of prohibited substances.

In 2015, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission recommended that Dr. Sergei Portugalov be excluded from any involvement with state sports programs.

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