Russia shrugs off blame over alleged anti-doping criteria breaches

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MOSCOW: Russia’s sports minister on Monday shuffled off blame over allegations in a German documentary that the country is still violating strict anti-doping criteria as it struggles to overturn a ban before the Rio Olympics. “The imposition of sanctions on specific people and checking on their application is the job of the relevant anti-doping agencies, not the state,” the minister, Vitaly Mutko, said in a statement. Russian athletes face an uphill battle to be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics from August 5-21 after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission alleged widespread corruption and doping in the country’s athletics. The International Association of Athletics Federations and WADA outlined a strict reinstatement criteria, including severing ties with Russian athletics officials, officers or staff with any past involvement in doping.

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