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    Russia Ready to Hire Spaniard as Head of Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

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    Russia is ready to appoint a Spanish national to lead Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory as recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Tuesday.

    CHEBOKSARY (Sputnik) – WADA suspended the Moscow anti-doping laboratory run by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) following the international body independent commission’s November 2015 report accusing Russia of doping violations.

    "As for the laboratory, WADA sent us two candidates for the post of its director. We are ready to appoint a Spanish citizen as laboratory director – one whom everyone trusts. We are doing everything they want," Mutko told R-Sport.

    In December 2014, German ARD channel released a film titled "The Doping Secret: How Russia Creates Champions" on alleged doping abuse and corruption in Russian sports. The film was followed up by documentaries with further allegations. Following the release of the film, WADA launched an investigation into the allegations of doping abuse in Russian sports.

    In November 2015, WADA's Independent Commission issued a report accusing Russia of numerous breaches of global anti-doping regulations. The IAAF suspended the Russian Athletic Federation's membership as a result.

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