Putin signs order to approve anti-doping measures before June 20

Updated 2017-06-14 10:33:37 Xinhua

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order for a set of anti-doping measures that the government shall approve before June 20, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

The national anti-doping plan for sports was adopted by Russia's Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission on Feb. 1, 2017, according to the order published on the Kremlin's website.

A number of Russian athletes were banned from participating in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The whole Russian team was also prohibited from taking part in the later Paralympic Games, following an investigation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that had disclosed a wide use of doping among Russian athletes.

The Russian authorities took a series of measures aimed at preventing doping in Russian sports circles in the wake of the prohibition, such as establishing the Independent Anti-Doping Commission in July 2016, so as to prevent the abuse of prohibited substances in sports.

The body has rolled out the national anti-doping plan, which includes a "system of legal, organizational, economic, technical, information and staff measures on federal and regional levels, aimed at eliminating the root causes of doping in sport," according to the commission's website.

The plan should be consistently implemented by the state authorities, the all-Russian anti-doping organizations, the anti-doping laboratories, sports leagues and organizations, as well as other social institutions and individuals in 2017, it said.

On March 30, 2017, the Russian government published an anti-doping order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, listing methods and substances banned in sports as part of the plan.

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