Access denied! - FIFA bars Russian access to World Cup doping control

December 01, 2017
In this photo taken on Monday, September 18, 2017, workers put finishing touches on the facade of the World Cup stadium in Ekatarinburg, Russia. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW, Russiia (AP):

FIFA says Russians will be prevented from having access to any doping controls at the World Cup.

All samples taken at June 14-July 15 tournament will be flown from Russia to a laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the day they are collected.

Russia has been accused of systematic cheating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe says "nothing will be in the hands of the Russian organisers. It will be FIFA doctors from all over the world."

D'Hooghe adds that "with the rumours around Russia, it's one reason more to say we give nothing of the doping control to Russian doctors, to the Russian authorities, to the local organising committee."

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