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Sports minister: Russian, British anti-doping experts register two violations in 5 months

May 12, 15:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"We are doing everything we are told to do. As of now, we have only two positive doping cases registered," the Russian sports minister says
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MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Two doping abuse cases in Russian sports were registered within five months of joint work between the Russian and British anti-doping agencies, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Thursday.

Russian sports was in the center of doping-related scandals since last year. Starting this year doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

"RUSADA has been working under the supervision of UKAD for five months already," Mutko said in an interview with TASS. "We are doing everything we are told to do. As of now, we have only two positive doping cases registered."

Speaking about the registered positive doping cases the Russian sports minister said he excluded all registered cases involving banned substance meldonium.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission published on November 9 last year 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 finding of the agency’s Independent Commission that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.

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