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Kazakhstan Olympic Committee set up independent anti-doping commission

Recently, two young Kazak weightlifters had their medals rescinded after they were found guilty of using illegal drugs

News 12 Feb 2016, 14:05 IST
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The commission comprises of representatives from various non-governmental organisations and sports functionaries

An independent anti-doping commission has been established in the capital city of Astana, the Kazakhstan National Olympic Committee said.

As an independent entity, the commission established on Thursday will evaluate the performance of the whole anti-doping system in Kazakhstan in order to prevent doping scandals and to protect honest athletes in the country, reports Xinhua.

Composed of representatives from various institutions, non-governmental organisations and sports functionaries, the commission will at the stage focus its work on the review of the current activities of the national anti-doping centre and anti-doping laboratory located in Almaty, and review the current mechanisms of interaction with international participants of the anti-doping movement.

The National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan plans to later include the anti-doping movement experts of international level in this authority. Kazakhstan's independent authority will work in full cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In recent months, Kazak young weightlifters Igor Son and Tatyana Kapustina were deprived of their Youth World Championship 2015 medals due to the use of illegal drugs. The investigation concerning Kazakhstan winners of World Cup-2015 in weightlifting Almas Uteshev, Zhasulan Kydyrbaev and Yermek Omirtay is still in process.

Those sportsmen were suspended from participating in international competitions in connection with a possible anti-doping rule violation as their "A" samples taken from the athletes at the World Cup in Houston, the United States revealed the presence of prohibited substances.

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