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Russia to ‘rebuild’ anti-doping system

RUSSIA’S sports minister yesterday pledged to revamp the country’s anti-doping body after it was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency over non-compliance with international rules.

“We are ready to promptly, effectively and conscientiously cooperate with WADA,” Russian news agencies quoted Vitaly Mutko as saying.

“The decision was expected. We are ready to rebuild our whole anti-doping system.”

WADA last week published an independent panel report which uncovered a vast state-sponsored doping program in Russian track and field, plunging athletics into the biggest crisis in its history.

The report accused Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA of “routinely” violating international testing standards and allowing athletes banned for doping to compete despite having been suspended from competition, among other damning accusations.

RUSADA said in a statement yesterday that it was already addressing the “deficiencies” identified in the WADA report and was committed to fighting doping.


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