The Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko “does not cling to his chair”, he’s tired from work by the Minister. About this Mutko said the Agency “R-Sport”.
“I’m ready to be accountable and responsible for seven years I for this chair did not hold on to never, I’m tired so that just… See that base established, [all] are dressed, shod, wages [there], and so forth,” said Mutko.
The statement of the Minister of sport has been made amid a new round of “doping scandal”. Many Russian athletes recently accused of use of Meldonium — drug, prohibited from 1 January 2016. A positive drug-test passed 40 Russian athletes have reported “R-Sport” with reference to its source. It is known that among them is tennis player Maria Sharapova, skater Ekaterina Bobrova, skater Paul Kulizhnikov, short-trackers semen Elistratov and Ekaterina Konstantinova, volleyball player Alexander Markin, the Russian Eduard Latypov, Rugby players Alyona and Alexei Michaltsova, swimmer Yuliya Efimova, Nadezhda Sergeeva bobsleistku, cyclist Eduard Vorganov, wrestlers Evgeny Saleev and Sergey Semenov.
Mutko earlier said that takes responsibility for the use of doping Russian athletes and on myself, too. He noted the need for a system that “protects against such things as top athletes.”
The scandal of Meldonium was commenting on President Vladimir Putin. He stressed that the heads of Russian sport was not informed on time athletes on the replenishment of stop-lists of drugs. He also urged not to politicize the incident the doping scandal, not to look for conspiracy theories, but it is important to respond to the recommendations of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA). The President also stated about inadmissibility of repetition of doping scandals in the future.
Mutko said in response to Putin’s words said that the Agency is taking criticism from him. “We will strengthen measures. The government held a special meeting and now consider the increased liability, particularly with regards to those people who encourage athletes to use these things that are prohibited,” — said the then Minister of sport.
In addition to problems with Meldonium Russia was drawn, and in another associated with a doping scandal. The international Association of athletics federations (IAAF) in the middle of November decided to suspend from competitions under the auspices of the all-Russian athletics Federation (vfla). This was done on the recommendation of WADA, which conducted an investigation after the screening of the German television channel ARD film about the mass use of doping Russian athletes. The Commission WADA came to the conclusion that an accredited laboratory in Moscow on a regular basis suppressed the positive results of the doping tests. The Commission also stated that the FSB had prevented interference in the work of the laboratory.
On 11 March, the IAAF Council has not taken a decision on the admission of Russian athletes in international competitions. IAAF inspection team considered that Russia meet all the criteria for restoration of vfla membership in the Association. In response to this, Mutko said that Russia has fulfilled all requirements for the fight against doping. “What should make the Russian athletics? To dance on the table? To sing a song?” — asked the Minister.
Mutko became Minister of sports in 2008. In 2012 he was reappointed to this post.