Russia sacks head of sports anti-doping agency….

Russia has dismissed the outspoken head of its national anti-doping agency, Rusada, after the country’s Olympic committee accused him of presiding over serious financial violations…

Yuri Ganus, who denied the allegations, said he was being removed because of his zero-tolerance approach to doping. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has voiced concern at his dismissal. Mr Ganus was appointed three years ago on a mission to clean up Russian sport after multiple doping scandals. He took a tough approach, increasing spot checks on athletes and refusing a request for a five-minute warning when inspectors were on their way. Last December, Wada banned Russia from big global sporting events for four years, including the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Mr Gunus’s sacking comes as Rusada is awaiting the result of its appeal against the ban. The appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based Lausanne, Switzerland, in November. Stanislav Pozdnyakov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, told reporters the decision to dismiss Mr Ganus had been unanimous. “We are certain that Rusada’s operations will remain independent,” he said. Mikhail Bukhanov, a lawyer at Rusada, will serve as acting head until a new director is appointed, Mr Pozdnyakov added.

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