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Russian Sports Ministry to ask WADA for tougher control over national anti-doping body

November 16, 2015, 14:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Last Friday, the IAAF council voted 22-1 in favor of suspending the Russian athletics federation , which could deprive Russian athletes of the chance to take part in the Olympic Games in 2016
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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The Russian Sports Ministry will ask the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take the work of the national anti-doping body under tougher control, a ministry official said on Monday.

"We were strictly observing recommendations that the government should not interfere with work of national anti-doping bodies and laboratories," said Natalia Zhelanova, an anti-doping advisor to the Russian sports minister.

"If what was mentioned in the WADA independent commission’s report really took place, then it’s inadmissible and we are ready to follow recommendations," she said. "But given that WADA has mechanisms to control these organizations, we will ask it to make it more thoroughly."

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission delivered on November 9 a report on its investigation into doping abuse allegations involving Russian athletes and recommended that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspend all athletes of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) from participation in international competitions.

Last Friday, the IAAF council voted 22-1 in favor of suspending the ARAF, which could deprive Russian track and field athletes of the chance to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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