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MARIYA LASITSKENE, the world high jump cham­pion, says she will leave Rus­sia to train abroad if her coun­try is un­able to con­duct sat­is­fac­tory drug tests.

“If dop­ing con­trol on the Rus­sian ter­ri­tory will be im­pos­si­ble, then we will be­gin to look for a coun­try to which dop­ing of­fi­cers have free ac­cess,” she told Rus­sian news agency TASS.

“I’ll be forced to have train­ing camps in such coun­try un­til every­thing will be nor­malised in Rus­sia, be­cause our ath­letes must be con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tored.”

Late last month Rus­sia missed a dead­line to hand over dop­ing data from its Moscow lab – the key con­di­tion of the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency’s con­tro­ver­sial deal to lift the three-year sus­pen­sion on the Rus­sian Anti-Dop­ing Agency in Septem­ber, although

Rus­sia re­mains banned from com­pe­ti­tion in ath­let­ics.

Mariya Lasitskene: world cham­pion

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