Tour­na­ment praised

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Rus­sia won praise on Satur­day for a suc­cess­ful World Cup warmup tour­na­ment in St. Peters­burg, though it has faced new ques­tions about past dop­ing is­sues. Ger­many cap­tain Julian Draxler joined FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino in thank­ing Rus­sia ahead of the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup fi­nal to­day when the 2014 World Cup win­ner plays South Amer­i­can cham­pion Chile. In­fantino said later at a news con­fer­ence

in the St. Peters­burg sta­dium that “ev­ery­thing ran per­fectly” in Rus­sia. Still, the dop­ing shadow cast on Rus­sian sports by a se­ries of World Anti-Dop­ing Agency in­vesti- gation re­ports since 2015 re-emerged dur­ing the two-week World Cup dress re­hearsal. FIFA is aware of 155 po­ten­tially sus­pect sam­ples given by play­ers in Rus­sia that need to be tested, WADA-ap­pointed in­ves­ti­ga­tor Richard McLaren told Ger­man broad­caster ARD.

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