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IOC forwards Russia set of questions on doping control in 2010-2015

An official says Russia will send its reply to the IOC commission this week

MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has put forward a set of questions regarding the anti-doping work in Russia between 2010 and 2015, Vitaly Smirnov, the head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission, said on Tuesday.

"We have received a letter from the IOC Disciplinary Committee, which voiced a number of serious questions regarding the anti-doping control beginning in 2010 and until 2015," Smirnov said.

"Our independent commission sent relevant inquiries to the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), the Sports Ministry and sports federations, which have often reported doping abuse problems, as well as to the Investigative Committee," he said.

"We have already received almost all answers and this week we will send our reply to the (IOC) commission," Smirnov, who is also the ROC President Emeritus, added.

Russian representative must be present during opening of doping samples

Smirnov stressed that Russian representatives should be present during opening of doping samples collected at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"We have pointed out to Mister (Richard) McLaren that while one side is taken notice of the other side is ignored," Smirnov said.

"We have demanded that our representative should be present during the opening of doping samples and proposed a candidacy from the athletes’ commission," he said. "As far as I know, the IOC favors this proposal."

RUSADA’s reinstatement 

According to Smirnov, an issue of reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in its rights will be discussed at a session in March in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

"This issue will be discussed in mid-November at the General Assembly of the National Olympic Committees, then WADA will hold a session on the same issue in Glasgow," Smirnov said. "Couple of hours ago we have received information that a session particularly devoted to this issue will be held next March."

On July 25, the ROC Executive Board approved the establishment of the public anti-doping commission. Smirnov, who is also an IOC honorary member, was appointed the head of the new body. Smirnov worked for the IOC for 45 years and he also served as the ROC president between 1992 and 2001.

The decision to form the commission came after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in mid-July that the ROC could set up an independent public commission on the issues of fight against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs. The presidential proposal followed an array of sanctions against the Russian sports on accusations of doping abuse.