(ATR) In the midst of global criticism over the return of Russia to the World Anti-Doping Agency, President Vladimir Putin said that his country intends to build one of the best anti-doping systems in the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Getty Images)
Putin spoke at the Russia-Sports Power Forum in Ulyanovsk, a city 700 kilometers (435 miles) from Moscow where the XXIX World Winter Universiade will be held in March 2019.
"Russia has always been and remains aimed at the broadest and most constructive cooperation with all sports organizations in the world. Consistently fulfills its obligations, including in the field of the fight against doping," the Russian president said.
“We are firmly committed to creating one of the best systems to counter doping in sports. For this we have developed and are implementing a special national plan,” he announced.
“Yes, of course, we have seen failures in our anti-doping system, but I want to note that this is not only our internal problems,” Putin added.
The president alluded to the problems with doping in sport that also exist in many other countries, while hinting at the imperfections in the international anti-doping system.
"We are in solidarity with partners who talk about the need for changes in this area. And we are convinced that such work should be carried out at the UNESCO,” he said.
Craig Reedie at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires (ATR)
On Sept. 20, the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee voted 9-2 in favor of RUSADA reinstatement. The action is conditional upon WADA gaining access to the testing data of the suspended Moscow laboratory by Dec. 31.
WADA president Craig Reedie has defended the decision to reinstate RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency suspended in 2015. He has explained the rationale for the WADA decision and the impact it will deliver in the fight against doping.
The ensuing scandal exposed a corrupted anti-doping system which WADA and other international bodies have been seeking to rehabilitate.
The move came three years after the agency accused Russia of multiple violations, claiming that the Russian anti-doping agency was not compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Athletes, NOCs as well as some national anti-doping agencies including USADA have assailed the decision.
ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov (ROC)
Today, in Ulyanovsk, RUSADA announced plans to collect a total of 9,000 doping samples from national athletes by the end of this year, with 7,000 samples being collected and stored away already.
While in Buenos Aires, Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov considered Russian athletes will not be involved in doping testing procedures more often than athletes from other countries at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
"I do not expect increased attention," Pozdnyakov told reporters. "I believe it will be the same as towards athletes from other teams. I will explain why. Russia’s Olympic Committee has been reinstated and we have the same status as other national Olympic Committees, so our team is in equal conditions with others."
"Besides, youth competitions are not subjected to a very large pressure from international testing agencies, which is logical due to the age," he said. "However, we are ready for any scenario. We are confident of our athletes." he affirmed according to TASS.
Reported by Miguel Hernandez.
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