Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that triumphs of the Russian sport were not thanks to doping, but resulted from the focused efforts and policies of the Russian state aimed to create beneficial conditions for athletes and to develop sports infrastructure.
"As a matter of fact, whatever happens, whatever we say about doping, and whatever the degree to what we heighten this topic, however we politicize it, I will tell you the following: all the victories of the Russian sport and the entire Russian sport itself, all the achievements and wins are not associated or being a result of doping," Mutko said on Saturday when speaking on air on Russia's Match TV television.
"The success of the Russian sport rests upon other things. In the recent years, there have been focused policies to create conditions for sportsmen, to improve the quality of sports facilities, the quality of the reserve training," he explained.
"We have retaken the status of a world power in sports. As of the end of the previous season, we are in the top three among the world leaders. We won 23 medals in 30 championships, we won the European Games, Winter University Games, the Surdolympic Games, the games for wheelchair-using athletes, and other competitions," Mutko said.
"So our victories are only in the sphere of performance capabilities of athletes and coaches. The state invests billions of dollars into mass sports. And no propaganda is going to tarnish this," Mutko said.
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