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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) believes that the main source of the corruption and the "evil root" in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was the work of its doping officers, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday.
"The majority of RUSADA’s rights are still in force," Mutko told journalists. "The main issue is to create a [new] team of doping officers. The previous team was sacked."
"It is possible that not only Russians will be working [in the new team]," he said. "But this is a very specific job and not everyone is willing to take it. We need to treat people with care."
"WADA believes it was namely this department [of doping officers], where the root of evil rested along with some sort of corruption sprouting," the sports minister said.
The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the RUSADA and the Russian Sports Ministry.
The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.
RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory subsequently suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the decision of the agency’s Independent Committee that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.
Sports Minister Mutko traveled on November 25-26 to Germany’s Frankfurt, where he met with the administration of WADA, and a Road Map on the settlement of the current situation was drafted as a result of that meeting.
Experts say it is highly possible that Russian national athletics teams will be suspended from the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil next year.