The New York Times reported that Russian sports officials for the first time acknowledged the existence of the doping system in the country. That in this area there was a conspiracy, in an interview told the acting head of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) Anna Antselevich.
“It was an institutional conspiracy,” the newspaper quotes her words. At the same time, Antselovich stressed that representatives of the government of the country involved was not.
The newspaper also quoted the head of the Independent public anti-doping Commission of the ROC Vitaly Smirnov. “From my point of view, as a former Minister of sports, President of the Olympic Committee — we made a lot of mistakes,” he said. “We need to find the reasons why young athletes take performance enhancing drugs, why they agree to it”, — the newspaper quoted Smirnov.
In early December, was presented the second part of the report of the independent Commission WADA under the leadership of Richard McLaren on the use of doping Russian athletes. According to the report, the Russian side has used “a unique scheme of deception” that was involved over a thousand athletes and officials and the structure of the MST.
Commenting on the report, press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin is still studying the report. The Ministry of sports of Russia then denied the allegations of the independent Commission WADA about the presence in Russia of state programs to support doping in sport. Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko at the same time stated that the report, Russia is accused of actions that are impossible in principle.