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Russia ready to take extra anti-doping measures — sports minister

November 13, 2015, 12:56 UTC+3
Vitaly Mutko hopes that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will make a reasonable decision concerning the recent doping abuse scandal
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MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. Russia is ready to take additional anti-doping measures, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.

"I have been working on this for [the last] three days and fulfilling the president’s task," Mutko said. "I have had many conversations with [WADA president] Craig Reedie and gave him oral and written reports on the anti-doping situation in Russia. We are ready, just give us a roadmap."

"Russia is making every effort to maintain anti-doping fight. We are paying $1 million fees to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and 300,000 to UNESCO," he said. "Are we doing this to cover up some coach or athlete? This accusation is absurd. If these measures are not enough, we should publicly and voluntarily take extra ones. And if necessary we will make some decisions to change the system."

Vitaly Mutko said he hoped that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will make a reasonable decision concerning the recent doping abuse scandal allegedly involving Russian ahletes, and the decision would not be of an anti-Russian nature.

"We hope that the decision will be reasonable, not of anti-Russian nature," Mutko said. "Innocent athletes must be protected. Doping gets into the body system of an athlete only with one’s permission. It is exclusively an independent choice of an athlete."

International, Russian Olympics governing bodies to make joint statement on doping abuse Friday

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will issue later in the day a joint statement concerning the recent doping scandal allegedly involving Russian athletes, the minister said.

"Thomas Bach [IOC President] made a statement, which is encouraging. He said that Russia, as a global sports leader, was capable of coping with this situation and expressed willingness to protect "clean" athletes. There will be a statement of the IOC and ROC today," Mutko said.

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 All-Russia Athletics Federation (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.

The ARAF sent a detailed report on its activities over the recent years to the IAAF on Thursday along with its official reaction on the report from WADA.

The IAAF is set for an urgent link-up conference later in the day to make a decision on the recommended suspension of the Russian athletics federation.

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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