President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov expressed his hope that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) «will be fully restored» at the forthcoming Congress of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), at a press conference held alongside Head of Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission (IPADC) Vitali Smirnov, in Moscow, Monday.
Zhukov said that «we hope that at the WADA... Еще Congress in the autumn, RUSADA will be fully restored, and that our lab will work at full capacity. That is the most important thing.»
Commenting on the results of IPADC's first year of work, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee noted that the year has been «very successful» and that the commission had done «a tremendous job in a very difficult time for our sports, in connection with well-known events.»
He went on to congratulate Smirnov «on the work that has been done this year,» saying that the main achievement of the commission was «the preparation and approval of a national plan in combatting doping in Russian sports and everything that is related to the re-organisation of our anti-doping system.»
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