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Russia: Anti-doping commissioner Smirnov denies 'state-organised' violations01:15

Russia: Anti-doping commissioner Smirnov denies 'state-organised' violations

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 9, 2016 at 20:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission, Vitali Smirnov, denied the allegations raised in the second part of Professor Richard McLaren's report about the alleged institutionalisation of sports doping in Russia, in Moscow on Friday. He spoke to the press after McLaren had delivered the results of an investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Smirnov argued that "the issue that is being brought up by Professor [Richard] McLaren is not a problem of one country," claiming that "this is a common problem." The head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission denied the existence in Russia of a "state-organised and supported system of such manipulations and violations."

Earlier in the day, McLaren claimed his report showed that international sporting competitions had "unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians" in a cover-up that had "evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy," adding that the scale was "unprecedented."

The 2012 London Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2013 World Student Games, and 2013 World Championship in Athletics were identified as the main sporting events in which doping allegedly took place.

The Russian Sports Ministry has also denied McLaren's allegations.

Russia: Anti-doping commissioner Smirnov denies 'state-organised' violations01:15
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Head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission, Vitali Smirnov, denied the allegations raised in the second part of Professor Richard McLaren's report about the alleged institutionalisation of sports doping in Russia, in Moscow on Friday. He spoke to the press after McLaren had delivered the results of an investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Smirnov argued that "the issue that is being brought up by Professor [Richard] McLaren is not a problem of one country," claiming that "this is a common problem." The head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission denied the existence in Russia of a "state-organised and supported system of such manipulations and violations."

Earlier in the day, McLaren claimed his report showed that international sporting competitions had "unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians" in a cover-up that had "evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy," adding that the scale was "unprecedented."

The 2012 London Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2013 World Student Games, and 2013 World Championship in Athletics were identified as the main sporting events in which doping allegedly took place.

The Russian Sports Ministry has also denied McLaren's allegations.

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