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SOCHI, July 19. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was not temporarily suspended from his post since he was not mentioned in the recent WADA report as an actual perpetrator, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
"Mutko was not mentioned in WADA’s report as a person behind the wrongdoings, which other people are suspected of," Peskov said. "Mutko is not mentioned as an actual perpetrator."
Peskov said that the report mentioned as one of the perpetrators Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, who had been already temporarily suspended from his post in the connection
Russian athletes continue preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Peskov said commenting on the possibility of the Games’ boycott.
"Russia is getting ready for the Olympics, the Russian team is getting ready for the Olympics," Peskov said. "We are strong supporters of Olympic ideas and members of the Olympic family and do not want such situations to damage the Olympic movement."
The Kremlin spokesman said Russia expects WADA to present the evidence of the Russian Federal Security Service’s (FSB) involvement in the doping scandal, as these facts could be used in the investigation into this case that is underway in the country.
"I don’t know anything about it yet. President Putin in his yesterday’s statement requested the commission to present the substantial evidence and facts that caused such allegations. This information is necessary, and if it is provided, it will be used in our investigation that has been underway for some time now," Peskov said.
Asked about the probability of dismissal of other officials, Peskov recalled that both the president and other officials said on Monday "that the Russian side is determined to conduct a thorough investigation into all the allegations". "All the necessary investigative actions are underway. I cannot announce their possible results. A thorough investigation is underway", the president’s press secretary said.
Peskov added that Putin had "many months ago" said that Russia intended to conduct these investigative actions "in close cooperation with international sports organizations".
Peskov added that using politics for pressure in sports affairs is absolutely inadmissible. The spokesman refused to comment on Kremlin’s expectations on the upcoming statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in regard to the report.
"Russia is confident that involving politics in international sports and using politics as an instrument for pressure in sports affairs is absolutely inadmissible," Peskov said.
"In his yesterday’s statement, President Putin put emphasis on the danger of seeing international sports in point of fact falling a victim to personal political plots, political confrontation," he said.
"He (the Russian leader) recalled that in the 1980s, unfortunately, the world already went through this, seeing a mutual boycott of Olympic Games, which, by the way, was later recognized as a mistake," Peskov noted.