Russia reject fresh doping claims


The Russian Ministry of Sport have rejected fresh doping allegations set to be levelled in a new documentary by German broadcaster ARD.

An independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended Russia be banned from international athletics after an investigation into claims made in the ARD documentary 'Top Secret Doping: How Russia makes its winners' last November.

Ahead of a decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on whether to reinstate the banned All-Russia Athletic Federation ahead of the Rio Olympics, a new documentary by the German broadcaster will claim on Wednesday that sports minister Vitaly Mutko blocked the reporting of a doping offence by a Russian footballer.

However, a statement from the Russian Ministry of Sport insists positive work is being done in conjunction with WADA and the IAAF.

"In relation to the German TV channel ARD's announcement in their latest film, the Russian Ministry of Sport underlines that since December 2014 when ARD released the first few documentaries about drug issues in Russian sports, the independent commission of WADA conducted a full-scale investigation into the Russian Ministry of Sport, Russian Anti-Doping Agency, the Anti-doping laboratory of Moscow and the All-Russia Athletic Federation," the statement read.

"Afterwards a series of steps were taken to completely rebuild Russia's anti-doping system. According to the roadmap agreed with WADA, UK Anti-Doping takes the responsibility for the planning of drug-testing for Russian athletes. Drug tests are taken by foreign commercial companies and are examined in accredited laboratories.

"Two independent WADA experts were recruited to control the process of reforming in RUSADA.

"All these efforts are supported by government and designed to provide the independence and transparency of anti-doping controls in Russia.

"We also fully support and carry out the recommendations of the IAAF's expert group. Every Russian athlete will undertake three extra doping tests through the IAAF."