Four more Russian positives – World Athletics opens relief fund for athletes

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The Moscow Laboratory – the centre of the Russian doping crisis – has revealed four more positive tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues running tests at the lab as part of the Operation LIMS investigation.

The announcement happened on Friday, May 15 during a virtual meeting with WADA’s executive committee.

So far, apparently 61 suspect doping samples have been documented by the investigative team.

In April, WADA completed 298 Russian athlete tests.

The case was brought forward to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Decisions will be delayed due to the pandemic.

Of course, Russia’s case against the WADA at the CAS is scheduled to start in July.

Russia is appealing the range of sanctions imposed by WADA as punishment for the manipulation of the Moscow Laboratory data, will “depend on the evolution” of the coronavirus pandemic.

World Athletics Relief Fund:

World Athletics has opened up the registration process for the COVID-19 relief fund. World Athletics is helping athletes financially, due to the decimation of the event calendar because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

World Athletics announced a $500,000 fund would be made available at the end of April.

The deadline to register for funds ends May 31.

Coronavirus cases to date: 4,679,582. So far there have been 31,556 deaths but 1,788,480 people have recovered.

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