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Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM

WADA fires back over Russian doping scandal


The split between Olympic leaders and global anti-doping officials over the Russian doping scandal continues to escalate.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) fired back yesterday, a day after International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach suggested that the agency was to blame for the last-minute chaos over the participation of Russian athletes in the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Bach said the agency should have acted sooner on evidence of state-sponsored doping rather than release the damning report by Canadian investigator Richard McLaren so close to the Games, which open on Friday.

"While it is destabilising in the lead-up to the Games, it is obvious, given the seriousness of the revelations that he (McLaren) uncovered, that they had to be published and acted upon without delay," WADA President Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC vice-president, said in a statement yesterday.

Sailing's launching ramp will be ready


The head of World Sailing is promising a launching ramp that collapsed a few days ago will be ready on Friday three days before the sailing competition starts at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The launching ramp, one of two being used at the Marina da Gloria venue, broke apart on Saturday. Organisers are blaming strong waves and poor design.

Andy Hunt, the head of World Sailing, said: "If it was absolutely necessary, we could still carry on competition, but it would just be logistically very difficult."

Rio organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada says the new ramp would be slightly smaller than the one that broke. He says "that ramp was maybe a bit too big".