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USADA seeking to destroy Russia — Russian Wrestling Federation president

July 17, 18:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"It all is being done deliberately but we are ready to spare no effort to defend Russian sport, even when they are trying to disunite us," Mikhail Mamiashvili said
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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. The United States’ Anti-doping Agency (USADA) and its CEO Travis Tygart are seeking to destroy Russia’s victorious heritage and demolish the last institution called to unite people all around the world - sport, President of the Russian Wrestling Federation Mikhail Mamiashvili told TASS on Sunday.

TASS learned on Saturday that USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) CEO Travis Tygart and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports Paul Melia are set to demand from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach that the Russian Olympic and Paralympic teams be suspended from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.The WADA Independent Commission led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren is expected to release a report on doping manipulations at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi On Monday, July 18. In the meantime, Tygart says in his draft letter that McLaren’s probe has confirmed the state has been patronizing the system of doping in Russia.

"We can boast a colossal victorious heritage, and they are seeking to destroy it," Mamiashvhili said. "We have always had a position that sport is outside politics. And now sport is in the hands of no one knows who. Who has delegated any authority to them? Who are these people?"

"Sport is an institution called to unite people, to teach them to understand, to get to know each other," he said. "Sport is not all about goals, seconds or medals - it is an element of empathy! But look what is going on - instead of joining hands around sport, they are sowing the seeds of discord, suspicion and hatred in its very heart."

Mamiashvili stressed that Russian wrestlers hope common sense will get the upper hand in the long run. "It all is being done deliberately but we are ready to spare no effort to defend Russian sport, even when they are trying to disunite us. Now we are waiting for the report. I can guess it will pour a shower of dirt - there are big doubts in its objectivity. But anyway, we hope for the better, for the triumph of common sense."

The New York Times wrote earlier that at least ten national anti-doping organisations will demand from head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach the Russian national team is banned from the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "On Saturday, at least 10 national antidoping organizations - including those in the United States, Germany, Spain, Japan, Switzerland and Canada - and more than 20 athlete groups representing Olympians from around the world made clear that they were preparing to request that the International Olympic Committee ban Russia’s entire delegation from the Rio Olympics, if the report on Monday validates Dr. Rodchenkov’s allegations," the newspaper said.

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