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FIFA to consult with WADA on doping issues in Russia ahead of 2017, 2018 tournaments

December 10, 2016, 3:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010
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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) will ask for the information from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission regarding allegedly widespread doping abuse in Russian sports, FIFA press service told TASS on Friday.

In his Part 2 report on Friday, WADA Independent Commission Chairman Richard McLaren stated that an unprecedented system to cover up doping abuse cases of athletes has been in effect in Russia over the recent years.

According to the report, 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.

"FIFA will request from WADA all details and evidence concerning the individual cases of doping in Russian football that are referenced in Prof. McClaren’s investigation," FIFA’s statement addressed to TASS said.

"Once FIFA receives this information from WADA, it will take the appropriate next steps," the global football organization added ahead of the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup, to be held in Russia in over half a year.

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held next year between June 17 and July 1 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan.

Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010. The victory came following a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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