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Kremlin regrets IOC’s move to deny accreditation to Russia’s sports minister

July 25, 17:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Asked about Russia’s Sports Minister’s possible future in his current capacity, Peskov said "Vitaly [Mutko] keeps fulfilling his duties as the Russian minister of sports"
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to deny 2016 Summer Games accreditation to Russia’s Sports Minister, Vitaly Mutko, is regrettable, but calls for closer future cooperation between Russia’s sports authorities and the global Olympic body, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"We certainly express our regret in regard to such decision," President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told journalists.

"This particular decision, as well as a number of some other decisions, speaks for the necessity of our closer cooperation with the IOC in order to clarify our stance and to overcome all suspicions and concerns, which the IOC and other sports organizations might have," he said.

Asked about Mutko’s possible future in his current capacity, Peskov said "Vitaly [Mutko] keeps fulfilling his duties as the Russian minister of sports."

The IOC Executive Board announced last week a provisional decision to deny accreditation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil to Russian sports officials mentioned in the recent report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission. The report focused on the alleged anti-doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia’s Sochi.

The WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

Following a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

Commenting on the IOC’s decision on the denial of accreditation, Mutko told TASS last week he would accept whatever decision the IOC makes. However, the most important thing for him was that the Russia’s Olympic team would go to the Rio Olympics.

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