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Russian anti-doping agency chief dismisses security service involvement in doping row

November 10, 2015, 15:59 UTC+3
On Tuesday, it was announced that WADA had halted the work of the Moscow-based Anti-Doping Center after WADA’s independent commission had revealed numerous violations of anti-doping rules
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MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. The head of Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA, Nikita Kamayev, has emphatically dismissed speculations the federal security service FSB may have been involved in manipulations with doping tests.

The independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday published a report claiming that the FSB had played a role in concealing positive doping tests of Russian track and field athletes and put pressures on doping control officers.

"I reckon some must be thinking I hang around with a handgun in the holster and visit the ‘Lubyanka dungeons’ in the evenings. That’s nonsense of the first water. The one who believes this is hopelessly bogged down in the early days of the James Bond saga," Kamayev said.

Existence of second anti-doping laboratory in Russia is impossible

The agency chief said existence of a second anti-doping laboratory in Russia is technologically impossible. Thus, he commented on the report saying that a second laboratory has allegedly been discovered in Russia which WADA suspects of concealing and destroying positive doping tests of Russian athletes.

"It is strange to hear from a former WADA president [Richard Pound] that there is a second laboratory. Technologically, the laboratory has no world analogues. It is impossible. It is a rare and very special type of activity," Kamayev explained.

On Tuesday, it was announced that WADA had halted the work of the Moscow-based Anti-Doping Center after WADA’s independent commission had revealed numerous violations of anti-doping rules.

Russian anti-doping agency feels no pressure from World Anti-Doping Agency

According to Kamayev, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) has more than anyone in the world used sanctions against the violators of anti-doping rules, and Russia is on the way to getting rid of doping.

"There are problems with doping, but Russia is on the way to getting rid of it," Kamayev said. "There is the trend of fighting doping use and bringing those responsible to responsibility. I don’t like to praise myself, but RUSADA, based on a number of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) criteria, complies with its rules and works effectively. RUSADA has more than anyone in the world used sanctions against the violators."

"The [WADA] independent commission is working with us. We should answer its questions, but feel no pressure from WADA," Kamayev added.

Athletics doping scandal

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.

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