Putin admits Russia’s anti-doping system ‘has not worked’
Russia’s system for preventing abuse of performance-enhancing drugs among athletes “has not worked”, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
“This is our fault, and it is necessary to say this directly and admit it,” Putin said during a meeting on preparations for the 2019 Winter Universiade, an international university-level sports competition.
He said he was counting on federal investigators to “identify all who are guilty in this situation,” according to a transcript posted on the Kremlin’s website.
He denied allegations that Russian officials have supported use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Putin said: “In Russia there has never been, and I hope will never be, a state system for supporting doping.”