VTB has suspended the filing of a lawsuit by WADA at the request Mutko


VTB has suspended the filing of a lawsuit to the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) in connection with the mention of the Bank in the organization’s report on doping in athletics. About this stated the head of VTB Andrey Kostin, reports “Interfax”.

This step VTB went at the request of the Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko, as it “can help in the participation of [Russian] national team in the Olympic games,” said Kostin. “In order not to aggravate the situation with WADA, we took a break. But we do claim remain”, — he stressed.

VTB had not received an apology from WADA, but the Bank may require “some satisfaction” on the issue, said Costin. “Maybe the duel will call” — he joked.

In the report WADA on doping, which occupies 89 pages, VTB mentioned in half the paragraphs. The paper argues that former President of the International athletics Federation (IAAF), Lamine Diack and his entourage helped to hide the facts of the use of doping by Russian athletes. WADA drew attention to the two contracts which the IAAF has concluded with RTR and VTB in 2012 before the world Championships in athletics in Moscow 2013. We are talking about the contract of $6 million with VGTRK, which received the rights to broadcast the competition and a sponsorship contract with VTB, the amount of which $25 million. “the IAAF should investigate the legal purity of these agreements,” — said in the report.

That lawyers VTB is preparing lawsuits against WADA, Kostin announced in January. “I have decided that it is enough to endure, although to much already in my life I used to. I have instructed my lawyers. We are now preparing lawsuits. Against all ten passengers that have signed the Protocol of the Commission, we will take legal action. And we will sue them,” he said.

In February, the Bank sent its claim WADA and demanded to refute the information from the report that, according to VTB tarnished the reputation of the Bank. If this is not done within 21 days, VTB will appeal to a Swiss court, promised in the Bank.