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Russian Athletics chief: There is no proof of systemic violations in WADA report

November 11, 2015, 12:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On Wednesday, the All-Russia Athletics Federation is expected to present to the International Association of Athletics Federations an account of its anti-doping activities
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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. The report presented by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) mentions only a handful of substantial issues the All-Russia Athletics Federation will have to explain, ARAF acting president Vadim Zelichenok has told TASS.

On Wednesday, the ARAF is expected to present to the International Association of Athletics Federations an account of its anti-doping activities, as well as its response to the conclusions made by WADA’s independent commission, published early this week.

"As for those items of the report that have a direct bearing on the federation, there is hardly any reason for fault-finding," Zelichenok said. "Yes, we do acknowledge the Saransk affair (the activities of the controversial racewalking coach Viktor Chepin and of the training centre that bears his name - TASS). Also, the report mentions a rather banal incident in which two athletes tried to get away from doping control officers. But such things happen everywhere. There is no proof of systemic violations. One sees only slogans."

"We are to present an account in reply to the items that have a direct bearing on us. But there are just two such items, two and a half at the most," Zelichenok said.

The IAAF Council on Friday will meet in emergency session to decide whether the ARAF’s membership should be suspended on the basis of the report by WADA’s independent commission. If the ARAF is suspended, Russian track and field athletes should be barred from international competitions.

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