WADA tests 3,000 Russian athletes

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Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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World Anti-Doping Agency officials have taken around 3,000 samples from Russian athletes in the wake of allegations of systematic doping in the country, the Russian sports minister has revealed.

Vitaly Mutko said a WADA commission had visited the country at his request in the wake of the allegations which were made in a documentary broadcast by German TV station ARD.

Mutko was quoted by BBC Sport as telling Russian sports agency R-Sport: “They took around 3,000 samples to be checked in laboratories.”

He added: “I wrote a letter to WADA in which I said very precisely that we were open to receiving any commission and ready to show everything.

“A commission from WADA has already been to visit us, which included three people who were led by the director of science.

“We will continue to work along this route and we are completely open.”

The allegations of widespread doping were strongly denied by Russia’s Athletics Federation, while the athletics’ world governing body the IAAF launched its own investigation.

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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