Moscow - Russia on Tuesday pledged to
cooperate with anti-doping and international athletics authorities after a
damning report into allegations of doping and corruption in athletics in the
A bombshell report from an independent
commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released on Monday said
Russia's athletics federation should be suspended from all competitions.
It outlined evidence of systematic cheating
with the consent of the government in Moscow, noting that drug tests for
athletes were conducted at a Russian laboratory that totally lacked
"The commission has done a lot of work
and its recommendations will help Russia in further improving its anti-doping
systems," Russia's sports ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The sports ministry will carefully
study the conclusions and the facts that they were based on and see how to take
appropriate steps," it said, warning that WADA, however, should act
"on the basis of facts and evidence".
The WADA panel's findings called for
athletics' governing body (IAAF) to suspend Russia's athletics body (ARAF) and
declare it "non-compliant" with globally agreed doping regulations.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe said he would
give Russia until Friday to respond to the scathing report.
The ARAF said in a statement late on Monday
that it would send a document to the IAAF "in the very near future"
outlining the federations anti-doping programme and "its reaction to the
deductions and conclusions" WADA commission's report.
"We are prepared for a serious
strategic partnership with the IAAF, including aimed overcoming a problem in
both Russian and international athletics," the statement said.
The IAAF Council is due to meet on Friday to
discuss the crisis facing the Olympic flagship sport, and Russia faces a
provisional suspension at the next IAAF meeting this month in Monaco.