Rus­sia apol­o­gises over dop­ing scan­dal

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON—Rus­sian sports min­is­ter Vi­taly Mutko apol­o­gised on Sun­day for the dop­ing

Mutko’s mea culpa comes just three days af­ter he de­scribed as “ab­surd” al­le­ga­tions that Rus­sian ath­letes were in­volved in sys­tem­atic dop­ing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

A re­port in the New York Times based on in­for­ma­tion from the for­mer head of Rus­sia’s anti-dop­ing lab­o­ra­tory claimed that dozens of ath­letes in­clud­ing 15 medal­lists were in­volved.

Rus­sian athletics faces a bat­tle to com­pete at the Olympics in Rio in Au­gust.

Athletics’ rul­ing body the IAAF pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended the Rus­sian athletics fed­er­a­tion in Novem­ber over a bomb­shell re­port by a World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion al­leg­ing state-sponsored dop­ing and mass cor­rup­tion in the sport.

The IAAF will ex­am­ine the is­sue of Rus­sia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in Rio at an ex­tra­or­di­nary Coun­cil meet­ing this month.

Mukto told The Sun­day Times: “We are very sorry that ath­letes who tried to de­ceive us, and the world, were not caught sooner.

“We are very sorry be­cause Rus­sia is com­mit­ted to up­hold­ing the high­est stan­dards in sport and is op­posed to any­thing that threat­ens the Olympic val­ues.”

He in­sisted that since the scan­dal emerged Rus­sia was putting her house in or­der.

“Since Rus­sia was sus­pended last Novem­ber, with RUSADA, the Moscow lab­o­ra­tory and the ARAF all los­ing their WADA sta­tus, we have agreed a road-map with WADA aimed at re­struc­tur­ing th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions, tak­ing a se­ries of steps to demon­strate how com­mit­ted we are to en­sur­ing that sport in our coun­try is clean and fair.”—AFP

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