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Russia To Hold Talks With World Anti-Doping Agency This Week

Russia say officials from the Sports Ministry and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet this week to discuss a "roadmap" to revamp the country's system for combating the illicit use of drugs in sport.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on November 23 that the meetings will take place in Frankfurt on November 25-26.

Earlier this month, WADA suspended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and Russia's accredited testing laboratory after an independent commission uncovered widespread doping offenses and systematic failures.

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

Mutko also said that Russian sports authorities would meet with the IAAF in December.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa