Putin cedes WADA’s position after protracted silence

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian President proposes to create independent commission to monitor anti-doping measures
18:27, 22 July 2016


Russian President Vladimir Putin said after a long silence about the problem of the massive use of doping by Russian athletes, after 14 countries asked to suspend Russian team from Olympics 2016.

According to him, the sport should be no place to doping and Russia need to work closely with the disciplinary commission of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and international sports federations, reports.

"The official position of the Russian government and the President is that there is no place for doping in sport ", said the Head of the Kremlin at a meeting with members of the government.

He also proposed the creation of an independent commission to monitor the fight against doping.

"I consider it appropriate to send the offer to the Russian Olympic Committee to establish an independent public commission, which could include, in addition to Russian experts, and international experts in the fields of medicine, law, authoritative public and sports figures and experts", Putin said.

At the same time he wants the Russian official - IOC member Vitaly Smirnov to lead such a commission, as he is a person with "perfect, absolutely perfect" reputation.

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