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WADA Claims of Doping at 2013 Russian Championships ‘Absurd’ – ARAF Ex-Head

© AP Photo / Felipe DanaA lab technician shows a sample to be tested for doping
A lab technician shows a sample to be tested for doping - Sputnik International
Claims of doping by Russia at the 2013 IAAF world athletic championships in Moscow, as well as water sports championships and university games in Kazan are absurd, the former head of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) said Monday.

Doping laboratory. File photo - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in a report published today that Russia had been running a state-sponsored doping scheme for years. The inquiry was opened on claims by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian doping lab in Moscow.

"It is absurd to make such claims based on information obtained from Rodchenkov. We [ARAF] have never been involved in this," Valentin Balakhnichev told R-Sport news agency. "The 2013 championships were clean, spotless."

"They are using the negative image that our federation has received without any ground or evidence in order to strengthen the position of [investigation leader Richard] McLaren," Balakhnichev added.

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