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Russia waits for clear-cut criteria from WADA to resume anti-doping work — sports minister

Russia's sports minister says a transparent global system, which will be equal for everyone, is needed
Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko
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VLADIMIR, October 10. /TASS/. Russia needs to see precise criteria elaborated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in order for the country to resume its anti-doping activities, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.

"We need to understand the criteria necessary for the resumption of our work," Mutko said during a round table discussion on the fight against doping abuse within the frames of "Russia - Country of Sports" international forum in Vladimir.

"Russia - Country of Sports" international sports forum is currently held in Russia’s central Vladimir Region in October. The forum was founded in 2009 by a decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the aim of developing and popularizing sports in Russia. It was first held in October of 2009 in the city of Kazan.

"We need to see precise and understandable criteria," Mutko said. "We have nothing against transforming great deal of our responsibilities to WADA, but it also means that WADA needs taking greater responsibility as well."

"We need the reformation of the system at the global level and people must trust it," the Russian Sports Minister said. "The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is trying to find the ways to reform the system jointly with WADA."

"Perhaps, we (Russia) took the blow and gave a cause for a reflection," Mutko said. "We all need a transparent (global) system, which will be equal for everyone."

Starting this year doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).