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    Russia Confirms Willingness to Cooperate with IOC, WADA to Fight Doping

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    Russia is willing to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to fight doping, Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier in the day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke.

    “The Russian side reaffirmed its full openness for cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency to combat doping in the professional sport. It has been noted that this problem, unfortunately, has acquired a global dimension and can be resolved only through the constructive engagement of all parties of interest to rule out any possibility of punishing athletes who have never used fraudulent methods to achieve victory,” the statement said.

    Earlier this month, US New York Times alleged that dozens of Russian athletes, including at least 15 medal winners and the entire women’s hockey team, had been using doping throughout the Sochi Olympics 2014. WADA expressed its commitment to investigate these allegations.


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