Poland: Sports Minister Kolobkov says Russia wants to turn page on doping

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told journalists that Moscow wants to leave its doping scandals behind, speaking on the sidelines of World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice on Wednesday. Speaking about allegations that the Moscow anti-doping laboratory data had been tampered, Kolobkov noted that all necessary information had been provided to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA... Еще) experts. “We were asked for additional information, which was mentioned in the Russian experts' report, and this information was provided. Moreover, we were even ready to transfer the original data, not just copy the database,” he said. The former Olympic gold medallist in fencing added that «We are all interested in closing this topic and starting to work together on sports and sports development.» In September, WADA said it had found discrepancies between the Moscow laboratory data that was provided in January with the previous version of the database that had earlier been given to WADA. Providing WADA with data from its laboratory was a condition for Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) reinstatement after a three-year ban following accusations of a state-run doping scheme.

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