Russia never state sponsored doping and are "ready to pass any test" claims sports minister

Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov has told the global anti-doping community his country is “ready to pass any test” but once again denied there has ever been a “state-sponsored” programme in Russia.

The former Olympic fencing champion, who replaced Vitaly Mutko as sports minister in October, was speaking to more than 700 delegates at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) annual symposium in Lausanne.

He started his speech by saying the “greatest tragedy” in Russian sport is that clean athletes have been banned from competing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), describing this as “simply

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