kazanherald.com January 22, 2018

Russian Federation on track to return by year's end - Coe

05 March 2017, 01:58 | Elijah Vega

Coe said Putin's comments on Wednesday represented "a large step in the right direction" towards getting Russian athletes re-admitted to global competitions.

"The most important thing is that we heed the demands of the independent [McLaren] commission despite its drawbacks, because we need to admit that some cases of doping have really been detected, as doping is completely unacceptable".

WADA director general Olivier Niggli added that he hoped Putin's statement would allow the Russian National Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to follow the roadmap set out for it to return to compliance with the WADA code.

The president noted that the Investigative Committee will take the investigation to completion, and the guilty will be punished.

Putin also conceded the Russian anti-doping system had "failed", although he reiterated his belief that there has "never been any institutional conspiracy to hide positive doping tests".

The director of Russia's anti-doping agency, Anna Antseliovich, admitted in an interview with the New York Times that Russian Federation did participate in a state-sponsored doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. "On the contrary, doping will only be fought against".

As for the creation of a new system, a laboratory that is now being established at the Moscow State University will be of help, the president believes.

"We deliver this system from the Sports Ministry and from the government to an independent organization to the platform of the Moscow State University - the way it works in many countries of the world - and we are doing it not figuratively, but in the literal sense of the word", said the president. Later, the IAAF anti-doping agency turned down Russian field and track athletes' individual applications, except the one filed by three-time European champion Daria Klishina.

"We want Russian Federation back, that is clear", Hansen said.

Despite the evidence presented in the McLaren Report which implicates over 1,000 Russian athletes and coaches in the purportedly state-sponsored doping scheme, Russia is still slated to host the 2019 Winter Universiade in the city of Krasnoyarsk, and is already involved in preliminary talks about potentially hosting the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.

"This is the way to go and I hope they will be back sooner rather than later". If there had been any complaints about some scratches, they should have made adequate records in protocols. "It means, the bottles have been stored somewhere but we are not responsible for the storage". "Nothing like this has been done", Putin said.

It was previously reported that the maker of sample bottles could not understand the reasons that made the McLaren commission come to its conclusions.

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