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Anti-doping fight is still a top priority for Russian sports, says minister

The target is to build an interior system of clean sports, Oleg Matytsin stressed

MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. One of the Russian Sports Ministry’s top priorities is the fight against violations of anti-doping regulations, Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Tuesday.

"The fight against doping is one of the top priorities for us," Matytsin told journalists. "Our target is to build an interior system of clean sports."

"We are organizing educational events and also resort to severe administrative measures," the minister continued. "Our work in the fight against doping has been recognized as one of the leading in the world."

Last week, Matytsin stated that the ministry’s main task for the upcoming year is the international membership reinstatement of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

Speaking at a news briefing on Tuesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said that Russia continued waging an uncompromised war against the doping abuse in sports and there would be no return to the past.

"If we speak about sanctions [against Russian sports] I should say that they may be endless because ungrounded allegations may continue flowing in but we are ready for them," Chernyshenko said.

"We are waging an uncompromised war against the doping abuse," he continued. "I hope that we are over with this issue, turned the page a long time ago and do not want to come back to it again."

Sanctions against Russian sports

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

Following the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia and to the tune of the national anthem for a two-year period.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.