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    Reputation of Russian Sport Seriously Damaged in 2016 - Deputy PM

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    The Russian sport's reputation was severely damaged in 2016, with its reputation having been seriously damaged, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian sport faced significant problems in 2016, with its reputation having been seriously damaged, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.

    "This year we faced great problems. The reputation of the Russian sport was seriously damaged," Mutko, a former sports minister, said in an opening speech to the Sports Ministry Board.

    He also called for boosting the role of anti-doping organizations.

    The Russian sport suffered from the doping scandal, simmering since 2014. It escalated in July when the World Anti-Doping Agency (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 let individual sports federations act on the issue.

    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.

    On December 9, WADA independent commission headed by Richard McLaren issued the second part of the report on alleged Russian doping abuse, revealing manipulations by athletes in 30 sporting disciplines.

    On Thursday, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) opened a formal probe into the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) and 29 individual athletes over their alleged involvement in doping scandal, while the International Skating Union (ISU) made a decision to move the ISU World Cup Speed Skating from the Russian city of Chelyabinsk.

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