Mutko says he, as sports minister, responsible for situation with doping

Vitaly Mutko: "I, as head of this sector, bear my own responsibility for Pavel Kulizhnikov, Yekaterina Bobrova."

Vitaly Mutko: "I, as head of this sector, bear my own responsibility for Pavel Kulizhnikov, Yekaterina Bobrova."

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'I share this collective responsibility and should be beside them', he says

Vitaly Mutko has said he, as Russia's sports minister, shares responsibility for the latest events surrounding the use of mildronate by a number of leading Russian athletes.

"I, as head of this sector, bear my own responsibility for Pavel Kulizhnikov, Yekaterina Bobrova. I share this collective responsibility and should be beside them. It is necessary to understand what went wrong. It is necessary to create a system that will protect our top athletes from such things," Mutko said at a session of the Russian Sports Ministry's public council.

There is a need to develop domestic sports medicine in order not to use foreign substances in sports pharmacology, he stressed.

"When we do not create our own [substances], we get caught taking Latvian and Chinese substances. There should be our own scientific research activity in the sport of high achievements," Mutko said.

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