02:57 GMT26 July 2021
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    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.

    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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