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Smirnov hopeful ROC anti-doping commission's mission to be accomplished by 2018 Olympics

August 05, 2016, 1:50 UTC+3

Vitaly Smirnov also told that the Independent Anti-Doping Commission of the ROC will try to restore trust in Russian athletes, not implicated in the doping scandal

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Vitaly Smirnov

Vitaly Smirnov

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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 4. /TASS/. The independent public anti-doping commission at the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) is capable of solving the tasks until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang (South Korea), the commission's head Vitaly Smirnov told TASS on Thursday.

"I believe the commission will view its mission accomplished with support from various agencies in two years, by the Winter Olympics," Smirnov said. "But I am not setting the task to solve everything by this date. The commission is a provisional body, as I feel. So it should investigate who is guilty in the current situation and what should be done to prevent such problems in the future."

"Also, we should find out why some international sport organizations have been unjust to Russia," he added.

Vitaly Smirnov also told that the Independent Anti-Doping Commission of the ROC will try to restore trust in Russian athletes, not implicated in the doping scandal.

"As for our commission, I would like to say that we are going to look into what caused such a mass phenomenon that a large group of our athletes violated the doping rules," Smirnov said. "We will look into it and will come to certain conclusions and suggestions so that measures would be taken to rule it out, to restore confidence in the athletes who are innocent and to embellish the Olympics with our presence."

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.

Smirnov, 81, is also the president emeritus of ROC and is the honorary member of the IOC, where he worked for 45 years. He served as the president of ROC between 1992 and 2001.

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.

The IOC announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

Earlier on Thursday, ROC President Alexander Zhukov said the Independent Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted permission to a total of 271 Russian Olympians to participate in the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro,.

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