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Antidoping agenda should not be politically manipulated — Russian minister

Oleg Matytsin also said that the ministry is ready to continue working together with WADA in the interests of the global antidoping movement

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. The antidoping agency should not be subjected to political manipulations because athletes around the world will be ultimately in danger, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said and was quoted as saying by the ministry’s press service.

On Wednesday, Matytsin and President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Witold Banka had a meeting in Istanbul to particularly discuss the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). In December 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) approved sanctions imposed on the Russian sport, siding with WADA in its case against RUSADA. Russian athletes will compete without the national flag and anthem at Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as major international events until December 2022.

"Russia wants to ensure stability of the global antidoping system. It is vital for us that the antidoping agenda should not be targeted by political manipulations because in the end, athletes around the world will be in danger," Matytsin noted.

"Russia respects the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is doing everything necessary for Russian athletes to become full-fledged participants of any global tournaments in December 2022. At the same time, Russia consistently opposes the principle of collective responsibility regarding athletes," he added.

The official also said that the ministry is ready to continue working together with WADA in the interests of the global antidoping movement. Matytsin reaffirmed that Moscow would continue implementing the policy of ensuring RUSADA’s operational and financial independence, one of the key conditions for the Russian agency’s reinstatement in WADA.

The parties also discussed at the meeting practical measures to fulfill the RUSADA reinstatement plan, preparations for the eighth session of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport and prospects of future cooperation. It was also agreed to hold these meetings regularly.