South Korea: WADA decision won't affect Russia’s Winter Olympics participation — Russian Sports Minister

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov commented on the ruling of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) not to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Seoul, Thursday, saying that the ruling does not affect Russia's participation in next year's Winter Olympics as ultimately it is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that makes the decision. «Speaking of today's decision [of WADA... Еще not to reinstate RUSADA], it will not affect the participation of our national team in the PyeongChang Olympic Games, because this matter is in the hands of the International Olympic Committee,» said Kolobkov. He also noted that the WADA might reconsider the ruling at any moment, after Russia fulfills several requirements. At the same time, Kolobkov added that some of the requirements set by WADA lay beyond RUSADA's power. Speaking about allowing access to the samples stored in a Moscow laboratory, he said «they are sealed off by the Investigative Committee and according to the 82nd article of the Criminal Procedure Code [keeping of material evidence], they can be submitted only under court decision and after the investigation ends.» On the second requirement — accepting the existence of a state-backed doping system, indicated in the McLaren report — Kolobkov said «we've recognised its importance. We've also explained what we agree with and what we don't and will never agree with.»

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