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MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday he is negative about the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) seeking to impose its terms on international federations.
On Sunday, the WADA board of founders met in Scotland’s Glasgow to discuss an initiative to vest the agency with the authority to ban countries from hosting international tournaments, including Olympic Games and world championships, for gross violations of the anti-doping code
"I am negative about WADA’s attempt to create a transnational company, to position itself above the International Olympic Committee, above the international sports movement," Mutko told TASS. "I believe the role of international sports federations should be enhanced as they are responsible for the development of this of that sports discipline and know all the athletes. They should have their voice."
According to Mutko, who until recently was Russia’s minister of sport, WADA’s authority is to be confined to fighting against violations of anti-doping rules. "Naturally, we look upon it from our side but, generally speaking, WADA’s idea is clear - there should be some efficient and unbiased organization responsible for decision making but only on what concerns anti-doping efforts: they will be able to make decision on violations of anti-doping rules - A and B samples, punishments," he said.
The Independent Commission of WADA, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
The commission’s report led to the partial ban of the country’s national Olympians from the 2016 Summer Games and the suspension of the entire Paralympic team from the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. The International Paralympic Committee suspended membership of the Russian Paralympic Committee.