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Council of Europe hails Russia’s anti-doping efforts

November 29, 2016, 16:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. The Council of Europe has highly assessed Russia’s efforts in the fight against abuse of performance enhancing drugs in sports, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told TASS on Tuesday.

Kolobkov is currently in the Hungarian capital of Budapest attending the Council of Europe Conference of the Ministers responsible for Sport.

According to the Russian minister, participants in the conference discussed key issues in the sphere of the sports cooperation in Europe and, particularly, the fight against doping. Kolobkov also delivered a speech to the participants.

"My speech was accepted with warmth," Kolobkov said in an interview with TASS. "Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni pointed out in her speech that we (Russia) had done a lot in the fight against doping."

‘We have large-scale plans with the Council of Europe in the sphere of the anti-doping policies," Kolobkov said.

The Russian sports minister also met during the conference in Budapest with representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"We have coordinated our joint plan of bringing RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) in compliance with the requirements of the WADA Code," Kolobkov said. "We held numerous useful and essential meetings."

A year ago the WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended.

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