Vladmir Putin Says Russian Officials Named in Doping Report Will Be Suspended
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the officials named in a new report as directly responsible for widespread doping will be suspended pending a thorough investigation in Russia.
Putin gave no names, but his statement appears to apply to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy, Yuri Nagornykh, who are both discussed in the report.
The report by the World Anti-Doping Agency investigator says Nagornykh directed workers at Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory on which positive samples to send through and which to hold back. The report also says Mutko personally intervened to cover up a doping case.
In the statement released by the Kremlin, Putin asks the WADA commission to provide “more complete, objective, evidence-based information” about its findings to Russian investigators.