Vitaly Smirov

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 4 (IANS) Russia is ready to build a model in a sport that will exclude any possibility of doping, the chairman of the newly-established Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) anti-doping commission Vitaly Smirov has said.

Smirov is also an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “Russia is ready to build a model in sport, under which doping will be impossible,” he said on Wednesday, reports Tass.

“Our stance is that a common approach will be used to all to exclude any possibility of doping use. But it should be an integrated system.”

“Our track and field athletes are in a difficult situation and I am very sorry for them. The position of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is not clear.”

Smirnov went on to say that Russia’s position in international weightlifting are not strong enough.

“In weightlifting, the position of our representative to the international organisation is not clear,” he said.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has turned down an appeal of the Russian Weightlifting Federation and upheld the decision of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to ban Russian weightlifters from the Olympic Games in Rio.

The IWF banned Russian weightlifters from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio last Friday for numerous violations of anti-doping rules.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has earlier announced that serious reforms were planned for the national weightlifting federation in the wake of the IWF’s decision.

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