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Reuters reveals Russia tells its officials not to tip off athletes about dope tests

Reuters reveals Russia tells its officials not to tip off athletes about dope tests

Reuters exclusively revealed that Russia’s sports ministry has sent an internal memo instructing staff of national training centers not to tip off athletes about doping tests, a rare Russian acknowledgement of methods used in the past to hide drug-taking. A commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found in 2015 that athletes were given advance notice of out-of-competition testing, which helped drug cheats evade detection. Russia dismissed the WADA report as baseless, and it still rejects allegations it has covered up its athletes’ positive tests, though it has acknowledged shortcomings in its anti-doping set-up.


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