Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow was complying
with all of the World Anti-Doping Agency's demands, as Russia faces a
another possible ban in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.
are actively cooperating with WADA. The requirements presented by this
organisation are being fully complied with," Putin told a sports
conference in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.
"Our athletes are,
above all, concerned with ensuring that any shortcomings relating to
anti-doping issues remain in the past and that Russian athletes can
compete on an equal footing," he said.
Russia stands to be
declared non-compliant by WADA if it fails to explain why evidence of
some positive tests handed over by a whistleblower does not show up in
data provided by Moscow's anti-doping laboratory in January.
In September, WADA gave Moscow three weeks to respond to what it said were "inconsistencies" in the data.
This week the agency said it had received a response.
Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said the response addressed "all requirements."
Wednesday, Russia's anti-doping agency chief Yuri Ganus told German
media he believed data handed over from Moscow to WADA had been
Russia's Athletics Federation has been
banned from international competition since 2015 over a vast state-run
doping conspiracy, and the International Association of Athletics
Federations last month extended the ban.