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Russia says it will cooperate with doping inquiry

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the country will cooperate with a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry into allegations of systematic drug use among the nation’s athletes.

WADA said last week it would look into accusations of widespread doping in Russia and claims that drug testers covered up positive tests in several sports.

Mutko says a documentary about Russian doping that was broadcast on German channel ARD has questioned “Russian sport’s cleanliness.”

However, Mutko says the accusations of many of those in the film should be treated skeptically if they had been banned for doping.

Mutko says banned athletes “try to justify themselves by shifting everything onto a wrong system.”


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