Doping in Russia: Moscow antidoping lab chief resigns

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko accepted the resignation of the Moscow Antidoping Laboratory head on Wednesday following accusations against the country of breaching anti-doping regulations.

“Acting Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov tendered his resignation. The minister accepted the resignation. The accreditation of the laboratory was temporarily suspended,” Xinhua quoted Mutko’s advisor as saying.

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On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission published a report alleging widespread doping among Russian athletes and corruption involving sports officials. It also suspended the accreditation of the Moscow Antidoping Center for six months.

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The Russian sports ministry issued a statement on Tuesday vowing to cooperate with international athletics authorities in investigating the allegations.

Meanwhile, world police organisation Interpol has announced it will coordinate a global investigation into WADA findings.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency is due to prepare and send to WADA a report explaining reasons for the violations highlighted in the commission report before November 17.

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The All-Russia Athletics Federation is also expected to present its explanations to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) before Friday, when it meets to discuss the scandal.

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