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Russia’s titled high jumper Kuchina says keeps preparing for 2016 Olympics

November 11, 2015, 16:42 UTC+3 SOCHI
The two-time World Champion in high jump said that she hopes for the best
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Maria Kuchina

Maria Kuchina

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SOCHI, November 11. /TASS/. Russia’s titled high jumper Maria Kuchina said on Wednesday she continued her trainings for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro ignoring a possible suspension of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF).

"I hope for the best," Kuchina, the two-time World Champion in high jump, told journalists. "I do not want tuning myself to negative prospects ahead of time and to think about the worst. That is why we keep practicing in line with the schedule. We are in the positive mood."

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) delivered on Monday a report on its investigation into doping abuse allegations involving Russian athletes and recommended that the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) suspend all athletes of the ARAF from participation in international competitions.

"I have nothing to do with all the current doping issues," she said. "The only thing that I know is that the Russian national team is under control and all our athletes tested for doping. Everything is in line with regulations and legitimate."

The WADA Independent Commission 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.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday commenting on the report that allegations against Russian sports over the massive use of doping performance enhancing drugs were groundless and not backed up by evidence so far.

The Russian Sports Ministry, in turn, advised WADA to focus on real facts during the investigation against Russian athletes.

Richard Pound, the head of the WADA Independent Commission told a news conference on Monday that the delivered report was only the first part and the final text of the investigation’s findings would be published by the end of the year.

The Independent Commission of WADA was set up and began its work earlier in the air following a series of German documentaries on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russia’s filed and track athletes.

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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