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Russia backs IOC summit declaration on tight doping control — minister

June 22, 14:47 UTC+3
The Russian sports minister noted the national team was tested 46 times at the Euro Cup
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MOSCOW, June 22. /TASS/. Russia fully supports the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) declaration, adopted on Tuesday at the organization’s summit in Lausanne, on the transparent and effective anti-doping system, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

"The IOC summit is a collegiate body, which is not making decisions, but setting some sorts of aims, issues recommendations," Mutko said. "On the whole, Russia supports the provisions, which were voiced."

"We stand for having today an independent and concise global anti-doping system," he said. "We support the decision of the IOC that the system must be thoroughly reviewed next year, to make it acceptable by everybody."

"We need a system, which can be trusted by everyone so that some employee or an executive would not say that something was wrong after leaving," the Russian sports minister said. "Russia is ready for work. We have set up a laboratory and are ready to hand over everything under the authority of WADA."

The minister added a total of 46 doping samples were collected from the players of the Russian national football team at the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup. 

"The Russian national team was tested 46 times at the Euro Cup," Mutko said. "Doping samples were collected for two days in a row and from the same players. Three doping samples were collected from [Fedor] Smolov and all tested negative."

"But this is not what everything is about," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said. "I want to say that there must be no testing simply for the sake of testing."

Earlier in the month, Marc Vouillamoz, the head of the UEFA medical and anti-doping unit, announced that players of the Russian national football team will be under particular attention regarding doping control issues at the 2016 Euro Cup in France.

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