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Russia suggests WADA appoint foreign expert in charge of Moscow anti-doping lab

May 13, 2016, 13:28 UTC+3 BERLIN

Russian sports was in the center of doping-related scandals since last year

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BERLIN, May 13. /TASS/. Russia suggested to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that a foreign specialist should take the helm at the currently suspended Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said in an interview with German TV channel ARD.

"We have offered WADA to appoint a foreign specialist as the director of our [Moscow anti-doping] laboratory," Mutko said.

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).

WADA’s 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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