Russian athletes' doping samples to be tested temporarily at foreign organizations

The distribution of expenses to pay for doping samples to be decided later

Due to the temporary closure of the Moscow Anti-Doping Center, doping samples taken from Russian athletes will be checked at similar foreign organizations, said Vadim Zelichenok, Acting President of the Russian Athletics Federation.

"There are several dozen anti-doping centers worldwide, probably, around 30, it means we will be using some other countries. Of course, this is not pleasant but we'll be looking for ways out," Zelichenok told Interfax on Nov. 10.

He said he hopes that the head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Center, Grigory Rodchenkov, will soon be able to restore his reputation.

"This is not the first case in the Center's practice. Not something pleasant, of course," Zelichenok said.

How analyses of the doping samples will be paid for to foreign centers will be decided on a working basis, the number of athletes undergoing doping tests could be reduced, he also said.

"We carried out a very big sampling job among young athletes and children, such a vast contingent, I am afraid we won\'t have enough money," Zelichenok said.

The distribution of expenses to pay for doping samples will be decided by the sports ministry later.

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