IOC asks Rus­sia for records of anti dop­ing pro­ce­dures

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The IOC is ask­ing Rus­sia to pro­vide de­tails of how anti-dop­ing pro­ce­dures were car­ried out over a five-year pe­riod as the Olympic body in­ves­ti­gates the coun­try's drug scan­dals.

The IOC set up a dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion in July un­der for­mer French Con­sti­tu­tional Court judge Guy Canivet to look into al­le­ga­tions that Rus­sia cov­ered up hun­dreds of dop­ing cases, in­clud­ing at the 2014 Win­ter Olympics in Sochi.

Vi­taly Smirnov, a for­mer IOC mem­ber from Rus­sia who runs a gov­ern­ment-backed anti-dop­ing com­mis­sion, said he had re­ceived re­quests from the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee to pro­vide records re­gard­ing Rus­sian an­ti­dop­ing pro­ce­dures from 2010-15.

Smirnov said his com­mis­sion has col­lected the in­for­ma­tion from Rus­sian sports of­fi­cials and gov­ern­ment bod­ies, and plans to pro­vide the de­tails to the IOC this week.

"We re­ceived from the IOC dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion the let­ter in ques­tion, in­clud­ing se­ri­ous ques­tions re­gard­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the anti-dop­ing sys­tem," Smirnov said. "We've re­ceived al­most all the an­swers to th­ese ques­tions and this week we are send­ing our an­swer to the dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion."

Smirnov, a for­mer sports min­is­ter in Soviet times, said he did not be­lieve there was any state back­ing for dop­ing, a key ac­cu­sa­tion lev­eled by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency.

Smirnov was speak­ing as two out­side ex­perts ap­pointed by WADA gave speeches to an au­di­ence of Rus­sian sports of­fi­cials on how to com­ply with anti-dop­ing rules.

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