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Russia Pressed on Doping

Russia should do more to fight a surge of doping in sports, John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, told a Kremlin-sponsored forum of sportsmen and top officials on Friday.

“Russia needs to expand its domestic doping control program. … Testing needs to be conducted in a smart way,” Fahey said.

He added that Russia’s domestic anti-doping watchdog, RUSADA, needed to get proper and stable funding to build expertise and become sustainable.

Sports, Tourism and Youth Politics Minister Vitaly Mutko said fines as well as arresting and detaining — for up to 15 days — coaches and competition organizers who encouraged athletes to take banned drugs would be introduced soon.


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