Russians sceptical about WADA doping allegations

Russians sceptical about an anti-doping commission report that alleged widespread corruption in Russia, triggering one of the biggest doping scandals in sporting history.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 10, 2015) (REUTERS) – Russia could be banned from international athletics, including the 2016 Olympic Games, after an anti-doping commission report on Monday (November 10) alleged widespread corruption and collusion that added up to a state-sponsored drugs culture in a sporting superpower.

The commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), found a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics, which it said Russian state security services colluded with, and also identified what it called systemic failures in the global governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

But Russians on Tuesday (November 11) seemed sceptical about WADA conclusions.

“I believe that our sports authorities are honest and adequate. The whole history of our sport proves that. They are no worse than sports authorities of other countries including the U.S. and others. So I do not see any reasons not to trust statements by (Russian sports minister Vitaly) Mutko and others. I believe that it is politically motivated attack on our sport,” Moscow resident Dmitry said.

Another Moscow resident Tatyana said Russia was attacked by international anti-doping authorities because of the country’s successes in sports.

“We can not be won over. Whoever wants us to be weaker, whoever wants us to lose, but it is not this way. We will win!” she said.

Ramis who also lives in Moscow said he believed WADA’s report can be trusted. When asked if he believes there are strong facts supporting the report he said he was sure they were.

“They are, how can they not be? Everyone understands it, the whole world understands it but Russia. What do you think? I think it is so,” Ramis said.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko earlier said there was no evidence for the accusations against the Russian Athletics Federation.