Russia fully supports the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) declaration, adopted on Tuesday at the organization’s summit in Lausanne, on the transparent and effective anti-doping system, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday (June 22).
“Russia backs the declaration of the International Olympic Committee,” Mutko told journalists. “We stand for the concise doping control system. We support the decision of reviewing the anti-doping system next year.”
The minister added a total of 46 doping samples were collected from the players of the Russian national football team at the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup.
“The Russian national team was tested 46 times at the Euro Cup,” Mutko said. “Doping samples were collected for two days in a row and from the same players. Three doping samples were collected from [Fedor] Smolov and all tested negative.”