Mutko apologized for taking doping Russian athletes

Minister Of Sport Vitaly Mutko

The Minister of sports of Russia Vitaly Mutko in his column, published may 15 in The Sunday Times apologized for Russian athletes caught in doping. According to the Minister, sports leadership “ashamed of them”.

“Serious mistakes were made by the leadership of the Federation, along with sportsmen and coaches who have violated fundamental importance for sport anti-doping rules and ignored the principle of fair play. Let’s be clear. We are ashamed of them”, — said Mutko.

Minister of sport stressed that Russia seeks to maintain the highest standards in the field of sports and is opposed to all that threatens the Olympic values”. “We are sorry that the athletes who tried to deceive us, and the world, have not been caught [on violations] earlier,” he said.

According to Mutko, the suspension of Russian athletes from participation in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro would be “unfair and disproportionate”. The Minister has listed “three reasons”, confirming his words. First, he stressed that because of the actions of others should not suffer, “clean”, not taking doping athletes. “In no other sphere of life this would not have happened”, — said the Minister.

Secondly, Mutko noted that the problem of doping is widespread not only in Russia.

“We do not deny the existing problems in Russia, and we are doing everything possible at the state level to eradicate doping, including sanctions of athletes and coaches found guilty of violating anti-doping rules. But doping is a global problem and not only Russia”, — said the head of the MST.

He also pointed out that sport is “big business”, where “huge sums of money and the athletes are under great pressure. “It’s hard to imagine any sport or country that has not been tarnished by this,” said the Minister.

The third reason, “which should convince even the most ardent critics”, is the interaction of Russia with WADA in solving the problems of doping.

“Before the Games in Rio our aspiring Olympians will take place at least three anti-doping control carried out by the IAAF, along with the testing that they pass all the qualifying competitions,” — said Mutko.

“Russia will go further than all the other countries in the level of validation of our athletes. Such scrutiny, which will undergo our athletes do not suffer from the representative of any country.This intensive surveillance will not allow you to hide the fraud. We fully support these measures, because Russia has nothing to hide,” concluded Mutko.

In November 2015 World anti-doping Agency (WADA) issued a report stating that the work of the Moscow anti-doping centre was actively involved, the FSB, and the head of the laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov before checking the WADA personally gave instructions to destroy 1417 doping tests athletes.

Presenting the report, WADA recommended to disqualify the Russian athletics team at the summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. In the end, the international Association of athletics federations (IAAF) suspended Russian athletes from competition under its auspices. Part of athletics team of Russia in the summer Olympics in August 2016 also under question. The IAAF will take a final decision in may.