Moscow - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued
a life ban against doctor Sergei Portugalov, the alleged mastermind of doping
in Russian track and field, Russia's athletics federation said Monday.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne has
ruled on a life ban for Sergei Portugalov," the federation said in a
Portugal was found "guilty of violating several
articles" of IAAF Anti-Doping Regulations, including the possession and
dissemination of prohibited substances, it added.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended in a 2015
report that Portugalov take no part in any state sports programme after he was
found to have supplied athletes with banned performance-enhancing drugs.
CAS did not immediately confirm the ban.
WADA said Portugalov, who had served as the head of the
Russian athletics federation's medical commission, was "very active in the
conspiracy to cover up athletes' positive tests in exchange for a percentage of
The agency said that Portugalov administered the doping
programmes and "even injected athletes himself."
Russia has been barred from international track and field
competition, including the Rio Olympics, since November 2015 following the
damning report presenting evidence of state-sponsored doping in the sport.
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.
The IAAF said that the trio had met the "exceptional
eligibility criteria" it had established for Russians to compete on the
Russian authorities have recognised the existence of doping
in sport but vehemently deny any state complicity in athletes' use of
performance enhancing drugs.