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Russia Vows To ‘Rebuild' Anti-Doping System


Russia’s sports minister says his ministry is ready to draw up a “road map” with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to resolve the country's doping problems in athletics.

"We are ready to promptly, effectively, and conscientiously cooperate with WADA," Russian news agencies quoted Vitaly Mutko as saying on November 19.

On November 18, WADA suspended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) for noncompliance, less than two weeks after an independent commission uncovered widespread doping offenses and systematic failures.

"The decision was expected,” Mutko said. “We are ready to rebuild our whole antidoping system."

RUSADA said it was already addressing the "deficiencies" identified in WADA's report.

Earlier, WADA suspended Russia's accredited testing laboratory, a situation Mutko said was jeopardizing Russia's ability to fight doping.

Also, the International Association of Athletics Federation has provisionally banned Russia from international competition, potentially keeping Russian athletes out of next year's Summer Olympics in Rio.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, TASS, and Interfax
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