Category: Sport

Russia aims entering top three of 2020 Olympics medals standings — sports minister

Russia aims entering top three of 2020 Olympics medals standings — sports minister

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. The Russian national team is facing the task of entering the top three of the national squads in the overall medals standings at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s Tokyo, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Tuesday. “The national team is preparing for the 2020 Olympics in line with the schedule,” Kolobkov told journalists. “We have no doubts whatsoever that they will be well prepared, will accomplish the set tasks and will finish in the top three.” “We see the potential, which is necessary to accomplish this task,” the Russian sports minister added. At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games…

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Russia’s Vikhlyantseva, Gasparyan through to 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Russia’s Vikhlyantseva, Gasparyan through to 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Margarita Gasparyan © AP Photo/Andy Brownbill MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis players Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Margarita Gasparyan have both defeated their opponents on Tuesday to proceed to the 2nd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. It took 21-year-old Vikhlyantseva 2 hours and 10 minutes to battle out her opponent Varvara Lepchenko of the United States to advance to the next round with the victory of 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-4. Gasparyan also lost the first set to her opponent, Lin Zhu of China, but came back in the…

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Britain’s Andy Murray bows out of 2019 Australian Open after 1st round defeat

Britain’s Andy Murray bows out of 2019 Australian Open after 1st round defeat

MELBOURNE, January 14. /TASS/. British tennis star Andy Murray, who hinted last week on wrapping up with his sports career due to a hip injury, suffered a defeat on Monday night in the 1st round of the 2019 Australian Open. In a match that lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes Murray fought hard but eventually succumbed to his opponent, Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. Being two sets down, Murray fought back viciously to win the other two, but was eventually edged out of the Grand Slam tournament in Australia with the final score of 4-6, 4-6 ,7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 2-6. Bautista Agut, seeded 22nd,…

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Russian lawmaker urges WADA to inspect reliability of containers for doping samples

Russian lawmaker urges WADA to inspect reliability of containers for doping samples

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. A member of the Russian State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Dmitry Svishchev, called on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to hold extra examinations of containers used for collecting doping samples of athletes, a statement from the lawmaker’s press service said. Last week a video footage was circulated on the Internet, showing Norwegian pole vaulter Sondre Guttormsen easily opening three sealed containers with doping samples. According to the video, he opened them in the presence of a doping control officer during an inspection and without using special equipment. The Norwegian anti-doping body is using standard bottles…

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Maria Sharapova reaches second round of Australian Open

Maria Sharapova reaches second round of Australian Open

© AP Photo/Aaron Favila MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has defeated Great Britain’s Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in her first-round match of the Australian Open, reaching the tournament’s second round. Sharapova will now play against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, who defeated Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1. Sharapova won the Australian Open in 2008. The tournament will conclude on January 27. In other media

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Russian player Khachanov to face Japan’s Nishioka in 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Russian player Khachanov to face Japan’s Nishioka in 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Karen Khachanov © AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov defeated Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The 22-year-old Russian, who is seeded 10th at the tournament, battled out the German opponent in 2 hours 28 minutes with the final score of 3-6; 6-3; 6-4; 6-3. Leading 4-3 in the 3rd set, Khachanov asked for a time-out complaining of pains in a leg. Khachanov, whose best Australian Open result was the second round in 2017, is set to…

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Medvedev congratulates Russian biathletes on winning gold at IBU World Cup in Oberhof

Medvedev congratulates Russian biathletes on winning gold at IBU World Cup in Oberhof

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Russian biathletes on winning gold medals at the IBU World Cup competitions in Germany’s Oberhof. “I congratulate the Russian men’s and women’s teams on the brilliant performance at the World Cup competitions in Oberhof! Well done!,” he wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday. Russian biathletes Maxim Tsvetkov, Evgeniy Garanichex, Dmitry Malyshko and Alexander Loginov on Sunday won gold in men 4×7.5km relay competition at the IBU World Cup in Germany’s Oberhof. Evgeniya Pavlova, Margarita Vasileva, Larisa Kuklina and Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht grabbed gold in women 4×6 km relay competition. Russian biathletes grabbed all…

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Russian biathletes grab gold in men’s relay event at IBU World Cup in Oberhof

Russian biathletes grab gold in men’s relay event at IBU World Cup in Oberhof

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian biathletes Maxim Tsvetkov, Evgeniy Garanichex, Dmitry Malyshko and Alexander Loginov on Sunday won gold in men 4×7.5km relay competition at the IBU World Cup in Germany’s Oberhof. The Russian team finished in one hour, 20 minutes and 54.3 seconds with six extra shots, being one minute and 1.1 seconds ahead of the French team (1+8). Austrian biathletes finished third (+2,18.6; 1+7). Russia’s previous gold in this discipline was taken in 2016 when Tsvetkov, Garanichev, Malysko and Anton Shipulin won 4×7.5 relay competition at the IBU World Cup in Italy’s Anterselva. Earlier in the day, Russia’s Evgeniya Pavlova, Margarita Vasileva,…

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Russian women biathletes grab gold in relay event at IBU World Cup in Oberhof

Russian women biathletes grab gold in relay event at IBU World Cup in Oberhof

Evgeniya Pavlova, Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht and Larisa Kuklina © AP Photo/Petr David Josek MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian biathletes Evgeniya Pavlova, Margarita Vasileva, Larisa Kuklina and Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht on Sunday grabbed gold in the women 4×6 km relay competition at the IBU World Cup in Germany’s Oberhof. The Russian team finished in one hour, 18 minutes and 46.3 seconds with eight extra shots, being 33.5 seconds ahead of the German team (2+10). The Czech team finished third (+36.7; 1+6). Vasileva fell down during the race, dropping down by five places. This is the first win of Russian women biathletes in an IBU World Cup relay event…

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Kamaz truck crew withdraws from Dakar rally over technical troubles

Kamaz truck crew withdraws from Dakar rally over technical troubles

© AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. A Kamaz Master team led by Airat Mardeyev will be unable to continue its participation in the Dakar Rally due to engine troubles, the company’s press service said. As Dakar Rally participants are not allowed to install new engines during the competition, the team’s management decided “not to take the risk and withdraw the Mardeyev’s crew from the remaining stages.” After five stages, Mardeyev’s team was ranked seventh in the overall standings, 3 hours 19 minutes and 3 seconds behind the leader, Eduard Nikolayev (also from the Kamaz Master team). Another Russian crew, led by Dmitry Sotnikov, is…

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WADA to decide on RUSADA compliance status on January 22

WADA to decide on RUSADA compliance status on January 22

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will discuss compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on January 22, WADA press service said on Saturday. “… WADA ExCo to discuss Compliance Review Committee recommendation regarding RUSADA compliance status on 22 Jan via conference call,” WADA wrote on Twitter. “ExCo members requested that time to review appropriately the CRC recommendation (which will be provided to them at the latest on 17 Jan) and to consult with their stakeholders.” “WADA will publicly communicate the ExCo decision on 22 Jan following the conference call,” the tweet says. On Thursday,…

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Russian biathlete Loginov secures first World Cup win

Russian biathlete Loginov secures first World Cup win

© EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov has come first in the men’s 10 km sprint event at the IBU World Cup Biathlon in Germany’s Oberhof, claiming his first World Cup win ever. He shot clean and clocked in at 25:50.9. Norway’s Johannes Boe finished second (25.2 seconds back, one penalty) and Sebastian Samuelsson of Sweden was third (36.8 seconds back). Loginov, 26, already got four podiums during the current season, finishing second in the sprint and pursuit competitions in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, and coming third in two events in Slovenia’s Pokljuka. The men’s pursuit competition is scheduled for January 12.…

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Russian Bobsleigh Federation lost all sponsors, federation’s chief Zubkov says

Russian Bobsleigh Federation lost all sponsors, federation’s chief Zubkov says

MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. The Russian Bobsleigh Federation has lost all of its sponsors and obstructions remain for new sponsors to join the organization, Alexander Zubkov, the head of the federation, told TASS on Friday. “Steps have been taken to make all sponsors go and the federation currently has none of them,” Zubkov said. “I hope that faces will be turned toward the federation, because the sponsorship support is, first of all, the support of athletes, specialists, medical personnel.” The head of the federation noted that the lack of sponsors has no effect on the performance of the Russian national bobsleigh and skeleton team at…

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Russia’s curler Krushelnitsky decides against his appeal with CAS on four-year ban

Russia’s curler Krushelnitsky decides against his appeal with CAS on four-year ban

© EPA-EFE/Javier Etxezarreta MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia’s curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has decided against filing an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his four-year ban over doping abuse allegations, his agent Andrei Mitkov told TASS on Friday. Krushelnitsky initially submitted documents for an appeal with the Swiss-based court against his four-year suspension on December 25, however, he had to pay a fee of 1,000 Swiss francs (over $1,000) before January 11 for his appeal to be heard in the court. “Alexander has decided against his appeal with the CAS,” Mitkov said. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne ruled…

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Russian tennis chief: Sharapova may easily reach 4th round of 2019 Australian Open

Russian tennis chief: Sharapova may easily reach 4th round of 2019 Australian Open

Maria Sharapova © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS, Andrey Kartashov/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is capable of battling through to the 4th round of the 2019 Australian Open, which kicks off next week, President of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) Shamil Tarpishchev told TASS on Friday. The qualifiers of the 2019 Australian Open, which boasts $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs from January 14 to 27, have been completed in Melbourne on Friday. Based on the results of the qualifiers, Russia’s Sharapova (seeded 30) received Harriet Dart of the United Kingdom as her opponent. “Sharapova is in a normal pool…

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Sharapova to clash with UK’s Harriet Dart in 1st round of 2019 Australian Open

Sharapova to clash with UK’s Harriet Dart in 1st round of 2019 Australian Open

Maria Sharapova © AP Photo/Thibault Camus MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. /TASS/. British tennis player Harriet Dart passed the qualifiers of the 2019 Australian Open to face Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova in the opening round of this year’s first Grand Slam tournament. The qualifiers of the 2019 Australian Open, which boasts $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs from January 14 to 27, have been completed in Melbourne on Friday. Based on the results of the qualifiers, Russia’s Sharapova (seeded 30) received Harriet Dart of the United Kingdom as her opponent, while another Russian tennis player, Margarita Gasparyan, was placed to play in…

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WADA experts begin work to retrieve data from Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

WADA experts begin work to retrieve data from Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. A delegation of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency has begun its work to retrieve data from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Thursday. “WADA experts arrived yesterday and today they have started their work jointly with a group of Russian experts,” Kolobkov told journalists. “Representatives of the Russian Investigative Committee and of the laboratory are also participating in this process.” “They have started work on the installation of the equipment and of the data transfer block,” the minister said. “The work is done under a complete coordination as we have previously discussed all technical and…

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Russia’s Kasatkina to face Switzerland’s Bacsinszky in 1st round of 2019 Australian Open

Russia’s Kasatkina to face Switzerland’s Bacsinszky in 1st round of 2019 Australian Open

Daria Kasatkina © AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina is set to clash with Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, with $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs from January 14 to 27. The pairs for the opening round in women’s singles of this year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament have been decided during the draw in Melbourne on Thursday. Kasatkina currently holds 10th place in the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) rankings and has been seeded respectively at the tournament. Eight more Russian female tennis players also learnt their pairings…

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Russian Premier League nominates Dyukov as its candidate for RFU president

Russian Premier League nominates Dyukov as its candidate for RFU president

Alexander Dyukov © Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. /TASS/. The Russian Premier League (RPL) has nominated Alexander Dyukov as its candidate for the post of the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), RPL’s press service announced on Thursday. Dyukov, 51, is the director general of Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian energy giant Gazprom, and is also the chair of the Board of Directors of Zenit St. Petersburg football club. He also served at the president of Zenit St. Petersburg FC between 2008 and 2017. During this period, the football club from Russia’s second largest city won three national football championships (2010, 2012,…

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Men’s Draw for 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne sets 1st round pairs

Men’s Draw for 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne sets 1st round pairs

MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov is set to face Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The pairs for the opening round in men’s singles of this year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament have been decided during the draw in Melbourne on Thursday. Khachanov, 22, is seeded 10th at the tournament. The draw paired other Russian tennis players for the opening round of the 2019 Australian Open in the following order: Daniil Medvedev (seeded 15th) will face a qualifier;…

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Russian runner Nikitin says content with multiple visits from national doping officers

Russian runner Nikitin says content with multiple visits from national doping officers

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russia’s national champion in 1,500m running Vladimir Nikitin enjoys being in the focus of doping officers from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and hopes that multiple doping tests will increase his chances for obtaining the so-called neutral status, which is obligatory to participate in international tournaments. RUSADA’s press service reported in late December that Nikitin underwent 21 doping tests in 2018 becoming the most tested athlete for performance enhancing drugs among Russian athletes. “Yes, I underwent 21 doping tests last year,” Nikitin said in an interview with TASS. “Perhaps they have noticed me achieving personal records at all distances and subjected…

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WADA experts arrive in Russian capital to access data of Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

WADA experts arrive in Russian capital to access data of Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS photohost agency MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. A group of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has arrived in the Russian capital to access data of the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab and the visit is likely to last for two or three days, WADA’s press service announced to TASS on Wednesday. “The team members have arrived in Moscow and they look forward to starting their work tomorrow,” the press service said in a statement to TASS. “It is not possible at this stage to say exactly how long it will take but perhaps 2-3 days.” A delegation of WADA experts begins on Wednesday another…

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Russia’s Sharapova, Kasatkina to play at 2019 WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

Russia’s Sharapova, Kasatkina to play at 2019 WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

ST. PETERSBURG, January 9. /TASS/. Russian tennis players Maria Sharapova and Daria Kasatkina will play at the 2019 WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy tennis tournament, which kicks off in late January, Alexander Medvedev, the tournament’s director general, said on Wednesday. Last Friday, Sharapova retired from the quarterfinals round of the WTA tournament in China’s Shenzhen citing an injury. She left the tournament during her encounter with Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. The Russian player was trailing behind her opponent 1-6, 2-4, when she was forced to retire. “This year we have a lineup of stars, with three players from the [WTA] top ten, including last year’s…

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WADA will make a second attempt to obtain data from Moscow anti-doping lab

WADA will make a second attempt to obtain data from Moscow anti-doping lab

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are to start their visit to Moscow on Wednesday. During their stay they will make another attempt to obtain a copy of data of testing doping samples of Russian athletes from 2011 to 2015 from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. WADA experts visited Moscow with in November-December, 2018. Then they could not use their equipment to extract data, because it was not certified under the Russia laws. “At the moment, all technical issues have been settled. We are waiting for the arrival of experts, whose visit is scheduled for January 9,” sports minister Pavel Kolobkov…

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WADA Compliance Review Committee chair disagrees with biathlete Samuelsson’s criticism

WADA Compliance Review Committee chair disagrees with biathlete Samuelsson’s criticism

MOSCOW, January 8. /TASS/. Jonathan Taylor, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Compliance Review Committee, does not think that Swedish biathlete Sebastian Samuelsson’s accusations against the committee are justified, Taylor said in a letter posted by BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan on his Twitter page. Earlier, Samuelsson wrote a letter to Taylor criticizing the WADA decision not to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant immediately after Russia had missed the deadline to hand over the data from the Moscow laboratory. “I also agree that the absolute priority is to protect clean athletes from cheating. The only way to prove who has been cheated…

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WADA experts to arrive to take Moscow lab’s database on January 9

WADA experts to arrive to take Moscow lab’s database on January 9

Minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov © Sergei Bobilev/TASS MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will arrive in Moscow on January 9 to receive the database of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the press service of the Russian ministry of sport said on Monday quoting Minister Pavel Kolobkov as saying. On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory, sealed for a federal investigation, before the end of the year. WADA also expects Russia to provide all suspicious samples from the laboratory for retesting until…

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Russia defeats Slovakia in Ice Hockey World Juniors in Canada

Russia defeats Slovakia in Ice Hockey World Juniors in Canada

© Press-service of the Russian Hockey Federation TASS, January 3. Russia’s national junior ice hockey team (under-20) has defeated Slovakia 8:3 in a quarterfinal match of the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in Vancouver, Canada. The goals were scored by Russia’s Grigory Denisenko (6’) Stepan Starkov (7’), Alexander Alexeyev (8’), Nikita Shashkov (11’), Klim Kostin (32’, 39’), Kirill Slepets (40’) and Ilya Morozov (53’) and also by Slovakia’s Martin Fehervary (44’), Milos Roman (59’) and Michal Ivan (60’). To date, the Russian team led by Valery Bragin has won five victories in five matches. The Russians were last able to achieve such results in 2016. Russia…

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Russian skier Ustyugov stroke bronze at Tour de Ski

Russian skier Ustyugov stroke bronze at Tour de Ski

Sergei Ustyugov © EPA/MARKKU OJALA MOSCOW, January 3. /TASS/. Russian skier Sergei Ustyugov won bronze in the mass start at the Tour de Ski stage in Oberstdorf, Germany. Norway’s Emil Iversen took gold at the 15-km distance with the result of 45.30.3 minutes. Francesco de Fabiani from Italy was the second and lost 0.9 seconds to the winner. Ustyugov lost 2 seconds to Iversen. Johannes Klaebo is first in the overall ranking at Tour de Ski. Ustyugov is second and Iversen holds the third place. The men’s pursuit race at the Oberstdorf stage will take place today. The Tour de Ski contest will end on January…

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WADA disappointed over failure to get Moscow lab data by deadline

WADA disappointed over failure to get Moscow lab data by deadline

MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie is disappointed over the organization’s failure to get the data of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory by the December 31 deadline, the WADA press office reported on its website on Tuesday. On September 20, the WADA Executive Committee decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on condition that WADA would be granted access to the Moscow laboratory, sealed for a federal investigation, before the end of the year. WADA also expects Russia to provide all suspicious samples from the laboratory for retesting until June 30, 2019. If Russia fails to fulfill WADA’s conditions, RUSADA…

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