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SOCHI, May 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin positively views the WADA intention to inspect again doping tests of the 2014 Olympics champions.
"Positively," Putin told the news conference on Friday after the end of Russia-ASEAN summit.
"I believe that if there are any doubts, they should be removed," he said, adding that his opinion was that "sport should be clean from any sorts of doping abuse. It should be honest. It should be fair play."
"Only in this case it will be interesting both for athletes and millions of fans and spectators," Putin said.
Putin hopes that WADA actions against Russian athletes are not politically motivated.
"This wave [of doping abuse suspicions of Russian athletes] is certainly taking place against the background of politically motivated restrictions imposed on our country. I hope that the WADA actions are in no way linked to them," Putin told a news conference on results of the Russia-ASEAN summit.
Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will see the report on the results of the agency’s probe into Russian athletes’ alleged doping abuse at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi by July 15, according to WADA’s statement.
The New York Times newspaper claims that at least 15 Russian winners and medalists of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi used doping. On Thursday, the publication published a material citing former head of the Moscow antidoping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, who claimed that Russia had implemented a special state-run anti-doping program designed to ensure Russian athletes’ victory at the home Olympic Games.
The New York Times mentioned the names of bobsledder Alexander Zubkov (two gold medals at 2014 Olympics); skier Alexander Legkov (gold and silver); skeleton racer Alexander Tretyakov (gold) and the entire women’s ice-hockey team (sixth place).
The New York Times had dispatched letters to the Russian national federations of winter sports asking their presidents or the athletes mentioned in the list for comments.
"It reminds me of a relay, when a baton is passed from one foreign media source to another one," Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said. "These are all links in a single chain. There is nothing behind it in fact. There are no facts," Mutko stressed in his interview with TASS on Wednesday.