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Russia President Vladimir Putin pledges ‘independent’ anti-doping system

Vladimir Putin admitted that Russia's anti-doping system was ineffective but denied outright the existence of a state-run doping programme.

By: AFP | Moscow |
March 1, 2017 10:57:48 pm
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Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to establish an “independent” system to tackle doping in the country, but insisted again that the state had never run a drug cheating programme.

“We are creating a new system of fighting against doping,” Putin was quoted as saying by TASS news agency in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

“We will transfer this system from the sports ministry to an independent organisation, as has been done in many countries in the world,” he said, adding a new laboratory would be built in the grounds of the famed Moscow State University.

Russia has been scrambling to reform since a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inquiry revealed evidence of state-sponsored drug cheating that saw its athletics team and entire Paralympics squad sidelined from the Rio Games last year.

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Putin admitted that Russia’s previous anti-doping system was ineffective but denied outright the existence of a state-run doping programme in the country.

“The system of anti-doping control which has existed until now didn’t work,” Putin added. “This is our fault and we should acknowledge it.

“But I’d like to stress once again that there has never been, is not and, I hope, will never be any state-run doping programme in Russia.”

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First published on: 01-03-2017 at 10:57:48 pm
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