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Russia ready to fully reform RUSADA — sports minister

November 19, 2015, 9:49 UTC+3
The World Anti-Doping Agency committee took a decision on Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s failure to conform to the organization’s code on November 13
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russia is ready for completely reforming the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). However, it is important to realize that the agency is not eliminated. Russia is also ready to immediately start the implementation of the decisions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS.

The WADA committee took a decision on RUSADA’s failure to conform to the organization’s code on November 13, two days after RUSADA submitted a report on its activities to it. Overnight on Thursday, the WADA Foundation Board confirmed the committee’s decision.

"We are saddened by the WADA decisions but respect them," Mutko said. "We are ready to immediately start the implementation of the WADA Foundation Board decisions. I am ready to board a plane immediately and fly to any part of the globe to begin a dialogue with WADA specialists. Aside from that, we will meet with the WADA leaders in the near future to map out ways out of the situation. Now we need a roadmap to resolve the problems."

"We are ready to fully reform RUSADA. However, it is important to understand that the agency has not been eliminated, it continues its work," Mutko said. "Time mechanisms of testing athletes and anti-doping control in Russia will be developed in the near future, but for this we will need to meet with WADA representatives." "As for the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, the Russian Sports Ministry will provide full assistance in its re-accreditation," Mutko added.

On November 9, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the results of an inquiry into the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Sports Ministry. The WADA report came up with a number of accusations against officials and athletes urging the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to disqualify the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF).

The IAAF Council on Friday found the report of the All-Russian Athletics Federation on fighting against doping unconvincing and overwhelmingly voted to temporarily suspend the Russian national federation’s membership in this international organization. There is a possibility that Russia’s track-and-field team will not be able to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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