MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has compared doping in sports with theft, saying it is incurable and has urged to drop all the accusations against the Russian state.
"One needs to speak about doping calmly. This is like eternal engine, like theft, it will continue. People will try to make some attempts," Mutko told TASS on Monday.
"All the accusations against the state and the system of Russian sports need to be simply dropped. There is no system, everything is phony, invented and based on false accusations and false facts," he stressed.
Amid recent doping scandals, the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF)’s membership in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been temporarily suspended. Russia’s track and field team could be banned from taking part in the Olympics-2016 in Brazil.
Several Russian weightlifters have been also suspended from competitions due to suspicions of using banned substances.