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Doping samples of all athletes from past three Olympics should be re-analyzed ― lawmaker

December 10, 2016, 2:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"We need to do this to finally assess the scope of the danger and to determine how we can all fight against it," Vyacheslav Fetisov said
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Vyacheslav Fetisov

Vyacheslav Fetisov

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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. International sports federations should submit doping samples of all athletes participating in the past three Olympic Games for re-analysis, including those who took banned performing enhancing substances under the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TEU) permissions, a Russian lawmaker said on Friday.

"I would rather propose the relevant sports organizations to conduct the re-analysis of doping samples, including those under TUE permissions, of all international athletes competing in the Olympic Games in (2012) London, (2014) Sochi and (2016) Rio de Janeiro," Vyacheslav Fetisov, a member of the Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs with the Russian parliament’s lower house, said.

"We need to do this to finally assess the scope of the danger and to determine how we can all fight against it," Fetisov, who is the world’s legendary ice hockey player, said.

"I believe that all means are good in the fight against doping and if the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has somehow pushed the Russian authorities to the formation of an all-embracing system against doping abuse then it was also done for good," Fetisov said.

"However, I am resolutely against unsubstantiated accusations," Fetisov said. "I would never agree with the principle of collective punishment as was the case with the Russian Paralympic team."

According to the Part 2 report, delivered in London today by McLaren, over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports could have been involved in the manipulations system to conceal positive doping tests over the recent years.

A year ago the WADA 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.

On August 7, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided to bar the whole Russian Paralympic team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The ruling came on the heels of a report delivered in the summer by the WADA Independent Commission.

McLaren-led commission claimed in particular that a total of 35 doping samples were concealed by Russian Paralympic sports between 2012 and 2015.

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