Putin: Russia needs to listen to WADA’s demands

"The most important thing is that we pay attention to the independent (McLaren) commission’s activities despite its drawbacks, because we need to admit that some cases of doping have really been detected while doping is completely unacceptable."

"The most important thing is that we pay attention to the independent (McLaren) commission’s activities despite its drawbacks, because we need to admit that some cases of doping have really been detected while doping is completely unacceptable."

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'The current Russian anti-doping system has failed'

Russia needs to listen to WADA’s demands, because the current anti-doping system in the country has failed, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the preparations for the 2019 World Winter Universiade.

"The most important thing is that we pay attention to the independent (McLaren) commission’s activities despite its drawbacks, because we need to admit that some cases of doping have really been detected while doping is completely unacceptable. This means that the current Russian anti-doping system has failed, and this is our fault," Putin said.

He also mentioned the latest assessments made by the WADA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials who had questioned the McLaren report on the use of doping by Russian athletes.

"It seems, either the translation was not quite correct or there is not enough evidence," Putin noted.

"We don’t take allegations about some scratches on sample bottles for evidence, because when the bottles were submitted, no one protested. If they saw any scratches, they should have mentioned it in their protocols, but it was not done. It means, the bottles have been stored somewhere but we are not responsible for the storage," the Russian leader stated.

He reiterated that "there have never been any institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests in Russia and there never will be, but on the contrary, there will only be the fight against doping."

"I expect the Investigative Committee to conclude the relevant investigation and establish those responsible," Putin added. 

Source: TASS

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