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Russian Anti-Doping Commission Head on McLaren Report: Biased Attitude is Unfair

© REUTERS / Neil HallLawyer Richard McLaren takes questions after delivering his second and final part of a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), at a news conference in London, Britain December 9, 2016.
Lawyer Richard McLaren takes questions after delivering his second and final part of a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), at a news conference in London, Britain December 9, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Russia needs active representatives in the international organizations to promote the state's interests related to the sports sphere, Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission chief Vitaly Smirnov said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission headed by Richard McLaren introduced the second part of the report on alleged Russian doping abuse, revealing manipulations by athletes in 30 sporting disciplines.

"A biased attitude is unfair. In this context, our representatives in the international federations play an important role. Sometimes, there is no one to promote our interests and protect them. [We] need those people, who will be able to represent Russian sport with dignity," Smirnov told reporters.

Smirnov added that Russia had always been under pressure and that it was important to understand whether it was reasonable.

Lawyer Richard McLaren (C) arrives to deliver his second and final part of a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), at a news conference in London, Britain December 9, 2016. - Sputnik International
Second Part of WADA Report on Alleged Doping Abuse in Russia Released
On Wednesday, two-time Olympic champion, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva was elected chair of the supervisory board of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which provoked WADA’s discontent, as the choice had not been agreed upon.

Commenting on the issue, Smirnov said that the Russian independent anti-doping commission was holding talks with WADA to reconcile the differences both on Isinbayeva’s appointment and McLaren’s report.

The doping scandal, simmering since 2014, escalated in July when WADA presented a report accusing Russia of running a state-wide doping program and urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider a blanket ban on the entire Russian Olympic team. The IOC instead opted to let individual sports federations decide on the matter.

As a result, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned Russian athletes from taking part in international competitions including the 2016 Summer Olympics. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) later banned all Russian Paralympic athletes from the 2016 Summer Paralympics and the 2018 Winter Games.

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