Russia may create new anti-doping agency, will talk to IOC – sports minister

Published 11/13/2015, 7:35 AM EST
A sportsman casts a shadow on a race track while training at a local stadium in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia may create a new anti-doping agency to address concerns about its athletics programme, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted as saying by the news agency R-Sport on Friday.

Mutko was also quoted as saying he would speak to Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), later on Friday.

“We are ready … to either reform or create a new anti-doping organisation, we are ready for wide cooperation,” Mutko told R-Sport.

The agency also quoted Mutko as saying his ministry, the Russian Olympic Committee, and the country’s Athletic Federation, had already held talks with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and the IOC about the doping scandal.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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