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IOC gives Russia set of questions on doping control in 2010-15

Moscow, Oct 25 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has put forward a set of questions regarding the anti-doping work in Russia between 2010 and 2015, the head of the Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission Vitaly Smirnov said on Tuesday.

"We have received a letter from the IOC Disciplinary Committee, which voiced a number of serious questions regarding the anti-doping control beginning in 2010 and until 2015," Smirnov said, reports Tass.

"Our independent commission sent relevant inquiries to the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), the Sports Ministry and sports federations, which have often reported doping abuse problems, as well as to the Investigative Committee," he said.

"We have already received almost all answers and this week we will send our reply to the (IOC) commission," Smirnov, who is also the ROC President Emeritus, added.

Smirnov stressed that Russian representatives should be present during opening of doping samples collected at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"We have pointed out to Mister (Richard) McLaren that while one side is taken notice of, the other side is ignored."

"We have demanded that our representative should be present during the opening of doping samples and proposed a candidacy from the athletes' commission," he said. "As far as I know, the IOC favours this proposal."

--IANS

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