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Pole vault queen Isinbayeva aims to make Russian anti-doping system best in world

December 08, 2016, 15:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday that Isinbayeva was appointed to take charge of the Supervisory Board of the agency
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MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva said on Thursday her goal was to make the anti-doping system in Russia the best one in the world.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced on Wednesday that Isinbayeva was appointed to take charge of the Supervisory Board of the agency.

"This is joy and enormous responsibility," Isinbayeva told journalists. "I am very pleased for the trust vested in me. We will be jointly working for the benefit of the sport in Russia and will be making the best anti-doping system in the world."

Russia’s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva, 34, who comes from the city of Volgograd, is currently running for the post of the president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF). The election will be held this Friday, December 9.

She announced the decision to wrap up her sports career this summer during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, where she did not participate after the whole Russian track and field team was banned from the Games on doping allegations.

On August 21, she was elected as Russia’s representative to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.

A year ago year the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of RUSADA, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory 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.

Starting this year doping control over anti-doping regulations in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

 

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