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Russia defends the doping scandal that threatens other countries

Tuesday Russia rejects allegations of doping and corruption in his athleticism made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and promised rapid responses to avoid suspension in the 2016 Olympic Games because of a huge scandal that threatens other countries and sports.

"The allegations are unfounded," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, during a press conference, adding that they are not "supported by evidence".

Besides the Russian Athletics Federation "submitted soon to the IAAF (International Athletics Federation) a federal document, which includes the anti-doping program of the federation and the specific stages of its implementation".

In a statement released Tuesday federation willing to work with the IAAF is declared, adding that "a real honest collaboration would be more effective that any suspension or withdrawal".

For Russia, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which will host the World Cup in 2018, time is short: You have until the end of this week to respond to the revelations of the explosive report published by the AMA.

In the conclusions of its investigation accused the country of "organized doping their athletes with an acceptance of the trap at all levels".
The AMA believes that the Russian athletics should be excluded from any competition, including Rio Games.
But beyond the case of Russia, the scandal could spread and damage the credibility of sport and its values, which would be a terrible nine months of the Olympics and seven of the European Football Championship in France hit. In addition to an already dirty dark picture due to the unprecedented crisis that FIFA lives.

Kenya, China and others

"Russia is not the only country, nor the only sport in athletics to address the problem of organized doping," the commission of inquiry independent of the AMA in its report.

"It seems quite clear that Kenya has a real problem and a long time to recognize that," said Monday the Canadian Dick Pound, chairman of the independent commission.

According to various anti-doping experts, the risk exists particularly in countries with severe political regime.

"These traps can be made only with the approval of the state, with various officials involved, including the secret services", he told AFP a specialist who asked to remain anonymous and gave the example of China.

Remember that shortly before the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, a German journalist posing as a swimming coach seeking ways to improve their performance and "intermediaries will quickly proposed a kit of genetic manipulation by 30,000 euros" .

Other issues were published in an article published in August 2015 in the German TV channel ARD report, whose first film, released in December 2014 led to the investigation of the AMA.

The authors of the report say that a third of the 146 world or Olympic medals in athletics between 2001 and 2012 could be suspected of doping, including 18 Kenyans.

According to the ARD, among 5,000 athletes of all nationalities who underwent checks during that period, 800 had suspicious results.

- Swimming involved? -

Then the IAAF said recalling that a suspect result is not necessarily synonymous with doping tested, especially since the time tests were not conducted following the same patterns.

Before the end of this year the AMA could make new revelations because in summer within the inquiry commission to continue examining this case spread.

In addition to the middle distance and background, two specialties of athletics, other disciplines where resistance is paramount could be identified, including swimming, skiing and rowing.

In the report of the ARD old Russian athlete Yulia Stepanova, one that ignited the case, had talked about athletes of other disciplines in the waiting room of the doctor who gave them doping substances.

"There were swimmers, coaches and athletes from other sports, skiers ..." he says in the documentary.
ARD revealed in September, in collaboration with the British newspaper The Sunday Times, the results of a study requested by the European Football Union (UEFA).

They focused on 4,000 urine samples belonging to 879 players who participated in the Champions League. The results were troubling, with 7.7% of the tests with high levels of testosterone, which may suggest the use of anabolic steroids.

Pending other possible revelations about Russian suspicions led to athletes from other countries to claim medals they consider they are entitled to. These include the American Alysia Montano, fifth in the 800 meters behind London-2012 Russian Maria Savinova (gold) and Ekaterina Poistogova (bronze), for which the AMA calls for a lifetime ban.

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