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TASS: Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation recommended the Regions not to involve in work persons accessory to doping

12 August 2020

TASS, August 11. The Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation recommended the Heads of the Regions to consider the issue of the professional status of persons working in the field of physical culture and sports who are involved in the facts of violation of anti-doping rules. The press service of the department reported.

"The Ministry of Sports of Russia notes that there are cases when athletes, coaches and officials disqualified for violating anti-doping rules continue to work in positions of the highest importance in the field of physical culture and sports," the statement said. – the Ministry of Sport considers this as unacceptable and contrary to the anti-doping policy in the field of Sport”

The Minister of Sport of the Russian Federaion Oleg Matytsin sent a letter to senior officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation with recommendations to conduct a systematic analysis of the implementation of anti-doping measures in sports in the regions. When identifying cases where persons involved in anti-doping rule violations work in responsible positions in the field of physical culture and sports, the Ministry recommends to consider the issue of their professional status.

On December 9, 2019, the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) voted unanimously to deprive the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) of its compliance status with the Code and to impose sanctions on Russian sports. Russia risks losing the right to host major sporting events and to qualify for them for four years, athletes may lose the opportunity to compete at the World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag. The sanctions will take effect if approved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The hearings will take place from 2 to 5 November.

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