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World Anti-Doping Agency should check all Russian sports for doping — WADA official

November 18, 2015, 21:24 UTC+3 NEW YORK
Head of the WADA athlete committee Beckie Scott says WADA should expand the independent commission’s powers to enable it to check all sports in Russia
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NEW YORK, November 18 /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should expand the powers of its independent commission to investigate the doping situation in all sports in Russia, according to Canadian Beckie Scott, the head of the WADA athlete committee.

WADA should expand the independent commission’s powers to enable it to check all sports in Russia (for doping), the organization’s press service quoted Scott as saying at a meeting of the WADA founders’ council.

An Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last week published results of its probe into activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission made accusations against some athletics officials and athletes, urging the IAAF to suspend the ARAF.

Last Friday, the IAAF council voted 22-1 to suspend the Russian federation, which could prevent Russian track and field athletes taking part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year.

Mutko said the doping scandal was pushing Russia to strengthen its positions at international organisations. "Russia is able to deal with this situation. It is pushing us to take more decisive steps and reinforce our foreign policy in international institutions," he added.

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