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Hundreds of doping samples collected from Russian athletes ahead of Winter Olympics

December 04, 2017, 12:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Overall, 1,240 doping samples have been taken from Russian athletes

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MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Russian athletes are coping with extremely strict scrutiny within the framework of the anti-doping program, having turned in the largest number of tests ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korean PyeongChang.

Overall, 1,240 doping samples have been taken from Russian athletes. German athletes come in second with 844 doping samples collected, with Canadians tailing third (504), the US fourth (433), and lastly Swedish athletes (403), says a document posted on the website of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A total of 6,961 doping tests have been accumulated from all athletes between April 1 and October 31, 2017.

In July 2016, the IOC set up two separate commissions to probe doping abuse allegations in Russian sports as well as the alleged involvement of state officials in manipulations with performance enhancing drugs, particularly at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi.

Based on the outcome of the commissions’ investigations, the IOC is set to decide during its Executive Board’s December 5 session on whether the Russian national team would be given the green light to take part in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The upcoming Olympics, which are 23rd Winter Games, will take place in South Korea’s PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018 and the participation of the entire Russian national team in the event is still doubtful.

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