Statement: Russian Sports Ministry receives WADA commission's report

Russian ministry's experts are now studying the report's key conclusions

The Russian Sports Ministry has received a report prepared by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the Russian ministry's experts are now studying the report's key conclusions and recommendations, taking account of the volume of this document, the ministry said in a statement on Nov. 10.

"The [WADA] commission has accomplished a large amount of work, and its recommendations will help Russia to further upgrade its anti-doping system. The Russian side has said more than once that it is interested in an objective investigation by WADA's Independent Commission, whose format envisages a wide range of possibilities to uncover violations within anti-doping organizations, including international ones," according to the statement.

"The Sports Ministry of Russia will thoroughly examine all conclusions offered by this report and the facts on the basis of which these conclusions were drawn, and relevant measures will be taken. However, it is necessary to note that the inquiry differs from the information provided by journalists and certain persons, as well as by the presence of verified facts and evidence. It is these facts and evidence that we call on WADA to rely upon," the Russian ministry said.

"We believe it should be noted that a large number of foreign specialists and highly qualified independent observers from the IOC (International Olympic Committee), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and international athletic federations under whose auspices these events were held took part in the work of the Moscow laboratory's service of doping control inspectors during all major athletic competitions held on the territory of Russia," the ministry said.

"None of the international organizations in charge of these issues doubted the transparency of the arrangements and the very process of doping control," it said.

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