Vladimir Putin called on the Russian Olympic Committee to create an independent public commission with Russian and foreign experts to investigate the doping scandal.
"I want to propose to the Russian Olympic Committee that it create an independent — I want to emphasize it should be independent — public commission, which should include Russian experts, as well as foreign medical and legal experts," he added.
"The official position of the Russian authorities — both the government and the president, all of us, is that there is no and cannot be any place for doping in sports. Sports should be pure, and the health of the athletes should be well-protected," Vladimir Putin said.
Putin also called for setting up an independent commission comprising Russian and foreign experts to tackle doping-related problems in Russian sports, and proposed Vitaly Smirnov, a former vice-president of the IOC and IOC member since 1971, as the head of this commission.