Russia’s renewed anti-doping system is highly reliable, says Deputy PM

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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. Russia’s renewed system of the fight against violations of doping regulations is highly reliable and is one of the exemplary across the globe, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said on Tuesday.

“We must be strictly adhering to the position, which we worked out for ourselves, we adopted a very substantial legislation and we have overhauled the system,” Golodets, who oversees issues of culture and sport in the Russian government, said. “Today we implement educational programs as well as programs of control over the clearance of athletes and work of doctors.”

“This system is solid, very reliable and is one of the exemplary in the world,” the deputy premier stated.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on February 8 a decision to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, giving the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at the international tournaments under the national flag after that date.

“It was a landmark decision since we speak here about the recognition of Russia’s merits in the fight against doping abuse,” Golodets said commenting on the IPC’s decision.

The conditional lift of the suspension will be in force until December 31, 2022, which means that the Russian side must strictly abide by a number of special requirements to avoid a recurrence of sanctions.

Announcing the conditional lift of the suspension last Friday, the IPC stated that it would grant permissions to Russian athletes to participate in the 2020 and 2022 Paralympics under the condition that they undergo frequent doping tests.

The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled in January to keep in force the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) status of compliance with the Code. The issue of compliance of the national anti-doping agency with the international Code was one of requests on behalf of the IPC regarding the membership reinstatement of the RPC.

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