Russian sports minister promises doping lab reform
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s sports minister says there will be reforms made to the laboratory that is to do drug tests at the Sochi Olympics following the threat of suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
On Sunday, WADA gave the Russian lab until Dec. 1 to start reforms to improve the reliability of its results. If the deadline isn’t met, it won’t be allowed to provide testing facilities for the Olympics in February.
Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was quoted by the R-Sport news agency on Monday as saying “of course the WADA recommendations will be implemented. There is no problem whatsoever.”
WADA said the first step for the Russian lab is to bring in independent “quality management” experts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of results.