Russian doctor Sergei Portugalov banned for life by Cas

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WADA recommended in 2015 that Portugalov not be affiliated with any sports programs, saying he was "very active in the conspiracy to cover up athletes' positive tests in exchange for a percentage of their winnings".

Russian Federation still has "significant work" before its scandal tainted anti-doping operation regains global recognition, WADA chief Craig Reedie warned Monday.

The global Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has barred Russian doctor Sergei Portugalov for life, effective March 10th, 2017, for doping violations.

"There remains significant work to do".

The nation was banned from competing in track and field at the Rio Olympics a year ago, after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency revealed widespread, state-sponsored doping.

Starting in January 2016, control over anti-doping regulations in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

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A report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren for WADA said the Russian sports ministry organised the doping.

Russia's acceptance of its problems, however, only goes so far, and just as Putin denied there was any state involvement in the cheating, Kolobkov restated the party line that RUSADA was hijacked by corrupt individuals, in particular the head of the Moscow laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov.

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

His explosive report revealed an "institutionalised" Russian doping programme that "sabotaged" the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympics, and helped more than 1,000 Russian athletes from nearly all sports evade tests.

Kolobkov, 47, a former Olympic fencing champion, took over from Mutko - also chief organiser of the 2018 World Cup and Russian deputy prime minister - in October 2016.

Portugal was found "guilty of violating several articles" of IAAF Anti-Doping Regulations, including the possession and dissemination of prohibited substances, it added. Portugalov is a central figure in the alleged state-sponsored doping system in Russia and has specifically been identified as a doctor that advised the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF). The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics, last month cleared three Russians - pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova, sprinter Kristina Sivkova and Aleksei Sokirskii - to compete internationally under a neutral flag.

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