In Summary
  • Mutko insisted that Russian authorities had never run a state-sponsored doping programme and pinned all the blame on the laboratory and Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada).
  • Wada has accused Russian authorities of running a state-sponsored programme across sports to aid and protect drug cheats.


Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko on Tuesday pinned some of the blame for the country's mass doping violations on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and insisted it was time to turn the page.

Mutko said the appointment of Grigory Rodchenkov, who was behind the systematic violation of anti-doping rules in Russia, as the head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, had been approved by Wada.

"We've acknowledged that this man (Rodchenkov) himself violated all the Wada rules, regulations and standards," Mutko told R-Sport news agency. "And we've fired him.

"We are rearranging the (anti-doping) system but it should be rearranged so that Wada could also share responsibility. They should have been responsible for (Rodchenkov) before as they have issued him a licence and given him a work permit.

"They were in control of him but now the state (Russia) is blamed for it," he added.

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