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Russian Sports Ministry to investigate into WADA doping findings

July 19, 18:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The ministry sets up a commission to check information in WADA's report on widespread doping abuse and manipulations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
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MOSCOW, July 19./TASS/. The Russian Sports Ministry has set up a special commission to probe into a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on widespread doping abuse and manipulations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the ministry’s website reports.

The report claimed that the commission led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry, the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service supported the doping program in Russian sports.

"A special commission has been set up for an agency check, which has the right to request necessary information from law-enforcement agencies, other federal executive agencies, structural subdivisions of the Russian Sports Ministry, subordinated and public organizations, as well as to attract independent experts - lawyers and auditors whose reputation is unquestionable," the report said.

Following the checks, the commission will present a report, on whose findings action will be taken.

It also reported that upon instructions from the Russian president, orders were given to carry out an agency probe into Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh, minister’s adviser Natalia Zhelanova, deputy director of the Sports Ministry’s science and education department Avak Abalyan, Center for the Training of Russian National Teams’ analyst Alexei Velikodny and center’s deputy director Irina Rodionova.

They all have been temporarily suspended pending the findings.

"The Russian Sports Ministry, for its part, once again confirms its commitment to fight against doping in sports and will make effort towards creating conditions for ‘zero tolerance’ to this," the statement said.

The WADA commission also concluded that the system of concealing positive doping tests at the Moscow anti-doping laboratory had been in effect from late 2011 to August 2015. Following the report WADA urged to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

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