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Russia’s anti-doping chief holds talks this week with international colleagues

March 14, 20:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Yury Ganus prepared a report, according to which report RUSADA’s doping control inspectors collected a total of 14,693 doping samples over 2017-2018

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MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Yury Ganus, the director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) held a number of bilateral talks with heads of the national anti-doping organizations this week, RUSADA’s press service announced on Thursday.

Attending the annual session of the iNADO (Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations) in Switzerland’s Lausanne on March 11-12, Ganus delivered a report on the national agency’s work results in 2017 and 2018.

During the session on Monday and Tuesday, the head of the Russian anti-doping agency held a number of bilateral meetings and consultations with international colleagues.

"The meetings were very friendly and productive," RUSADA’s press service stated. "Our international colleagues expressed their support in respect in regard to the work on behalf of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency."

The report delivered by Ganus this week in Switzerland was translated into English, printed as a handbook and was handed out to each participant of the session in Lausanne.

According to the report, RUSADA’s doping control inspectors collected a total of 14,693 doping samples over the previous two years (6,196 in 2017 and 8,497 in 2018). RUSADA received 98 applications for the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) permits in 2017 and 101 applications in 2018.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency initiated 145 cases in 2018 regarding the violations of anti-doping rules. In 2017, the agency opened 57 cases on the same violations and closed 52 of them.

A total of 98 violations by athletes of availability rules were registered in 2017 compared to 263 cases in 2018.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency also organized 155 educational events in 2017 with the participation of 9,320 people. In 2018, the agency held 169 educational events, which involved 9,784 people.

RUSADA Deputy Director Margarita Pakhnotskaya told TASS on Tuesday that the agency collected 1,179 doping samples of Russian athletes last month or over 30% more compared to January, adding that "389 doping tests were held in February during the in-competition period and 653 more during the out-of-competition period."

In January this year, RUSADA organized 789 doping tests collecting 825 samples (blood and urine), which was over 30% less compared to February figures.

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