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Russia to provide cooperation to IAAF, regardless of its decision - sports minister

November 13, 2015, 23:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Besides, Mutko said that WADA and IAAF should articulate their demands, expressing hope that international experts would take into account Russia’s "colossal work" in the struggle against doping abuse
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MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. Russia will provide cooperation to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in reforming the anti-doping control within the country, notwithstanding the international experts’ conclusions about Russia’s membership in the organisation, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on the Russian Rossiya 24 television on Friday.

"The government of the Russian Federation is determined to facilitate both IAAF and ARAF [All-Russia Athletics Federation] in fulfilling these reforms," Mutko said. "And even if a resolution to suspend our federation’s membership would be approved, we are ready to join efforts in aligning the All-Russian Athletics Federation’s activities with WADA and IAAF’s requirements and standards."

Besides, Mutko said that WADA and IAAF should articulate their demands, expressing hope that international experts would take into account Russia’s "colossal work" in the struggle against doping abuse.

"The Russian government allocates up to five million euros annually for anti-doping control," he said.

The IAAF Council is to convene a conference on Friday evening to consider suspension of ARAF membership, which could entail Russian athletes’ suspension from participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, on the basis of the WADA Independent Commission’s report

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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