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Official says doping is problem of certain sports rather than countries

July 28, 17:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The independent anti-doping commission should demonstrate that the problem of doping is not the problem of a specific country but a problem of certain kinds of sports
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Stanislav Pozdnyakov, member of the Russian anti-doping commission and president of the European Fencing Confederation

Stanislav Pozdnyakov, member of the Russian anti-doping commission and president of the European Fencing Confederation

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MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Doping is not a problem of this or that country, but a problem of certain sports, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, member of the Russian anti-doping commission and president of the European Fencing Confederation, said on Thursday.

"The [independent anti-doping] commission should demonstrate to Russia and to the entire international community that the problem of doping is not the problem of a specific, including Russia which actively fights against doping, but a problem of certain kinds of sports," Pozdnyakov said.

"The main task of the commission is to help these sports do away with image losses or minimize them," he said. "Fencing is one of the many sports with zero tolerance to doping," said Pozdnyakov, who is vice-president of the Russian Fencing Federation. "We are ready to share our achievements to this respect, in order to eradicate this problem in our partner federations," he said.

On Thursday the chairman of the anti-doping commission, Vitaly Smirnov, gave a news conference, announcing the lineup of the commission and focusing on the main principles of its activity. The commission includes representatives from national and international sports federations, representatives from the Russian Olympic Committee, renowned in the past athletes and public figures. The commission may also include foreign representatives.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (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.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

On July 22, President Vladimir Putin proposed to the Russian Olympic Committee to set up a public commission to control doping in sports. On July 25, the Committee’s executive board approved Vitaly Smirnov, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, as chairman of the commission. Smirnov said it would include representatives from international federations, renowned athletes and media people.

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