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ST. PETERSBURG, June 16. /TASS/. The latest report by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) concerning Russian athletes requires close scrutiny by experts, the Kremlin believes.
The Russian presidential staff has taken note of the fact that the report was published on the eve of a decision whether Russian track-and-field athletes will be able to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
"I’ve read these stories (about WADA’s report), but regrettably I am not familiar with the report’s details, and I do not know what such claims are based on. It requires close scrutiny by our sports specialists," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told the media. "I don’t think I will be able to offer competent judgement before such analysis is available. It is unclear what is it WADA relies on."
Peskov added that "some WADA statements were based on concrete tests, but I have not had any chance to see yet what the claims proceed from."
He avoided answering the question what might happen if Russian track and field athletes were barred from the Summer Olympics.
"I would refrain from any commentaries on that score for now," Peskov said. He explained that "this theme is very sensitive and the report was made public on the eve (of the decision regarding Russian athletes’ participation in the Games)."
"We’ve taken note of that," he added.
Over the past eighteen months Russia’s sports community has been rained with accusations that resulted in the suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. The first charges were brought forward against Russian track-and-field athletes. Since December 2014 Germany’s television broadcaster ARD has aired several documentaries alleging massive doping abuse by Russian athletes. The speculations triggered an investigation by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which published its results in November and January.