14:30 GMT25 September 2020
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    Russia intends to play an active part in reforms to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the heads of 17 anti-doping agencies proposed a number of reforms to overhaul WADA in the wake of recent doping scandal. Anti-doping agency heads from countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan and Sweden, gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, earlier this week, adopting proposals which include making WADA more independent and strengthening the sanctions imposed on doping rules violators.

    "Each and everyone sees the reform of WADA in a different way, it will be discussed in detail at the IOC [International Olympic Committee] meeting this October, maybe there will be an additional IOC session on the issue. Russia will play a most active role in the reforms," Zhukov told journalists.

    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 IOC to consider a blanket ban on the entire Russian team. The IOC instead opted to let individual sports federations decide on the matter.

    In turn, the International Paralympic Committee banned all Russian Paralympic athletes from the upcoming 2016 Summer Paralympics and 2018 Winter Games.


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