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Russian Olympic Commitee: Penalties will be harsh if doping allegations proved to be true

November 11, 2015, 16:57 UTC+3

The Russian Olympic Committee fully supports efforts on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against doping abuse

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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Penalties will be harsh for all athletes guilty of doping abuse as well as all those directly and indirectly involved in the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, if their guilt is proven, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said in its statement on Wednesday.

"Our stance is unambiguous," the ROC said in its statement. "Anyone caught in using prohibited substances as well as anyone directly or indirectly assisting in their use are subject to disqualification."

"In case the guilt is proved, the penalties must be harsh," the statement added.

ROC also stated that the Russian organization fully supports efforts on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against doping abuse.

The WADA Independent Commission 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.

It also recommended on Monday 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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