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SOCHI, November 10. /TASS/. The latest charges against Russian sports over the alleged massive use of doping formulas are groundless and not backed up by evidence so far, Russian presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov has said about the doping row and accusations against Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
"Whenever any charges are made, there must be some evidence they rely on. As long as there has been no proof, it is hard to react to any accusations, which look rather groundless," Peskov said. He pointed out he had nothing to add to the stance explained by the Russian Sports Ministry.
"It’s none of our business to ponder over the causes of such scandals," Peskov said, when asked for the Kremlin’s opinion about the cause of the charges against Russian athletes.
According to Peskov Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold some Olympic-related events this week involving Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
"I was not a witness to any contacts, but they often communicate on business issues. But in general, some Olympic-related events are scheduled for this week. They were planned a few weeks ago," the Kremlin spokesman said.
Peskov dismissed as inappropriate a question from reporters on whether the Russian leader had concerns about the Sports Minister. "Mutko is the incumbent minister, so I do not understand your question," the presidential spokesman said.
On Monday, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the results of its probe into the activities of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RADA), and the Sports Ministry. The commission brought forward many charges against officials and athletes, and called for disqualifying the national athletics federation, which may deprive Russian athletes of their chance to participate in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, due next August.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has told the Rossiya-24 round-the-clock news channel that half of the problems mentioned in the report of WADA’s independent commission regarding the Moscow anti-doping laboratory were correctible, while the other half lacked proof.