Putin will discuss with the heads of sports federations preparing for the Olympics in 2016

Putin will discuss with the heads of sports federations preparing for the Olympics in 2016

SOCHI, November 11. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will hold on Wednesday a meeting with heads of sports federations, during which there will be discussed issues of preparation of Russian athletes for the XXXI Olympic games in Brazil in 2016, reported the press service of the Kremlin. The meeting of the President with sports functionaries will take place on the background of the scandal connected with activity of the anti-doping agencies in Russia.

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Press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the problem of doping in Russia, raised earlier this week by the independent Commission of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA), although not formally included in the agenda, may be affected. “I do not exclude that this topic will come up, for sure,” he said. “At least, some information will be presented by the Minister of sports of Russia (Vitaly) Mutko” – said Peskov.

While the President’s press Secretary stressed that in the case of allegations by WADA “we are talking about some allegations that were set out publicly, but publicly have not been backed up at least some information.” Answering the question whether Russia to develop a new anti-doping strategy, Peskov explained that “while at this stage to draw any conclusions from these allegations, which publicly announced it would not be possible”.

The meeting, which will be led by Putin, will be held in the fgbi “South Sports” in Sochi. In addition, the President will visit open in September sports training complex “Federal center of martial arts”.

Earlier this week, WADA has published the results of the investigation activities of the all-Russian athletics Federation, the Moscow anti-doping lab, the Russian anti-doping Agency and the Ministry of sports of the Russian Federation. She made a number of allegations against officials and athletes, calling to disqualify the athletics Federation of the Russian Federation, which could deprive our athletes ‘ opportunities to participate in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

In addition, on Wednesday, Putin will continue the series of meetings “with military leaders and the main constructors”, which the President has held this week daily, Peskov said.

The Kremlin spokesman added that in the schedule of the President also listed a number of working meetings, one with the head of the company “Interros” Vladimir Potanin.