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Kremlin hails IOC decision on Russian 'clean' athletes

Russia is ready for cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency and all other related organizations
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov EPA/MAXIM SHEMETOV/POOL
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Moscow welcomes the decision made by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday to allow doping-clean Russian athletes to take part in the 2016 Summer Games, due to kick off next month in Brazil, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"Undoubtedly we hail the [IOC] decision to allow the so-called clean athletes to participate in the Olympic Games based on the decisions made by international sports federations," Peskov told journalists.

"We believe this was a positive decision," President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman added.

Putin will not attend Olympics opening ceremony

Peskov went on to say that Putin does not plan to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

"No, the president is not planning this trip," Pekov said. "The president has a different working schedule," he said, answering a corresponding question.

Peskov added that he did not known whether the president had plans to come to see come competitions. "I don’t know so far which decision the president will make," he said.

Russia is open for cooperation with all anti-doping agencies

According to the Kremlin spokesman, Russia is ready for an all-embracing cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and all other related organizations investigating suspected doping abuse cases in sports.

"I would like to reiterate the words [of Russian President Vladimir Putin] that the Russian side is ready if necessary to provide full cooperation with all organizations to conduct the required investigation in order to give answers to all current questions of these organizations," Peskov said.

The WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

Following the commission’s report last week, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

Following a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on Sunday that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.