MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he strongly believes that Russia should be more active in protecting interests of its national athletes, including in the sphere of the anti-doping fight.
"All voiced requirements regarding the improvement of the anti-doping fight have been implemented and a constructive cooperation is in place with all relevant international organization," Putin addressing a session of the Council on the Physical Culture and Sport Development.
"We need to finally settle all remaining issues, to do everything possible to make sure that at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo all members of the national team, without any exceptions, would not be subjected to any form of restrictions; and that we give no reasons whatsoever to all those, who are using sports in pursue of their political aims, acting against interests of Russia," Putin said.
The Russian president also pointed out to the importance of cooperation development of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the other National Olympic Committees (NOCs) as well as with international sports organizations.
"It is necessary to step up Russia’s participation in the preparation and implementation of decisions regarding key issues on the global sports agenda as well as to boost the systematic work concerning the protection of rights and interests of our athletes," Putin stated adding that "this work must be active, consecutive and within the frames of the united approaches and the coordinated policy."
"All of this is directly concerns the notorious story with the doping abuse," the Russian president said.
"A flawless coordination of work plays a huge role in the provision of our sports positions on the global arena as well as the sports development in our country," Putin continued. "All ministries, departments, public organizations, which deal with sports issues, must work as closely as possible with each other, sharing common development programs in regard to particular directions."