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Russian Anti-Doping Agency slams World Anti-Doping Agency commission’s report

November 09, 2015, 20:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
WADA’s commission recommended the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend Russian athletes from all competitions
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MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. A report, delivered on Monday by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is ‘raw’ and its stated accustations against Russia are ungrounded, Nikita Kamayev, the president of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) told TASS on Monday.

"If we speak about the allegedly destroyed doping samples, I see only a raw report and declarative statements without any proof," Kamayev said in an interview with TASS. "This also goes in regard to accusations of bribes offered by athletes. I see no logic here. All accusations are ungrounded at the moment."

"The report has been just published," he said. "We will be ready to give a balanced evaluation of this situation only after we thoroughly study all of the case materials."

WADA’s commission recommended the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend Russian athletes from all competitions. It also recommended to ban for life five Russian athletes and five coaches over their involvement in doping abuse violations as well as to strip the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of its license and sack its director Grigory Rodchenkov.

"In fact, we have only recommendations at the present moment and no pressed charges," Kamayev said. "Final decisions will be made in 10 days. As for the recommendations of life suspensions for our athletes, I would say it is a common practice. There is nothing particular about it."

In December 2014 German TV Channel ARD aired a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in June his deep disappointment with the rise of positive doping cases registered among Russian athletes and urged to enhance the fight against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.

On August 1 this year ARD released another documentary "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics." The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.

ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.

The Sunday Times also alleged that Russian athletes suspected of doping abuse had won 80% of medals for their country at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012.

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