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Russian Anti-Doping Plan Approved In Push To Lift Global Sporting Bans

The Moscow office of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 10 approved a plan designed to eliminate doping, part of Moscow's push to rehabilitate its tarnished sporting image and overturn a global ban on most of its track-and-field athletes.

The measures, published on the government's official website, include the creation of a new national anti-doping laboratory and rolling out education programs to discourage the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Getting existing national anti-doping agency RUSADA fully compliant with international standards is another objective.

The World Anti-Doping Agency suspended RUSADA after a report published in November 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.

Russian authorities deny there was a state-backed doping program, but have pledged to follow international recommendations to get the suspensions of RUSADA, Russia's athletics federation, and the Russian Paralympic Committee lifted.

WADA last month announced it was allowing RUSADA to plan and coordinate testing under the supervision of international experts, saying the agency had met some of the requirements for its reinstatement.

WADA said it will publish the remaining requirements for RUSADA to regain compliance later this month.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax