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All doping tests will be removed from Moscow anti-doping laboratory — sports minister

November 23, 2015, 13:50 UTC+3

The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending its work

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NOVOGORSK (Moscow region), November 23. /TASS/. All doping tests will be removed from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.

"The laboratory should take away all the tests," he said.

"We will appoint representatives of other laboratories to key positions," he added.

According to the minister, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is suspending its work.

"RUSADA is now suspending its work, even educational programs," Mutko said. "We will certificate RUSADA again and will carry out reforms or set up a new organization if necessary."

An independent WADA commission delivered on November 9 a report on its investigation into doping abuse allegations involving Russian athletes. This recommended that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspends all athletes of the All-Russia Athletics Federation from international competitions.

On November 13, 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.

A WADA committee also found the Russian Anti-Doping agency (RUSADA) infringed the sport's anti-doping code. RUSADA said it was ready to meet all WADA requirements and work to resolve current problems.

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