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Isinbayeva: Russia’s Anti-Doping System to be ‘Most Efficient in the World’

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Yelena Isinbayeva answers questions from journalists at the airport in Rio de Janeiro in August. PHOTO: Alexey Kudenko / Sputnik

Russia’s anti-doping system is planned to become the most efficient in the world, according two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, chair of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s Supervisory Board.

“Setting up a strong, independent and transparent anti-doping system in Russia will be my main task as the board’s head,” Isinbayeva told the Russian TASS wire service. “The number one task is to establish the strongest and most efficient anti-doping system in the world that would be respected and recognized by the global anti-doping and sports community.”

She confirmed her intentions to cooperate with the World Anti-Doping Agency and other international organizations, adding that a competition had been announced for the position of the RUSADA director general.

“We have announced an open competition for the position of the RUSADA director general so I call upon all qualified specialists to enter it. But of course, the main task is to combat doping in Russia and detect all violations. It does not matter who violates the law, a great athlete or a beginner,” she said. “It is a special responsibility. If I try to relate it with the world of sports and my achievements, then this would be the case when I can’t allow myself to lose.”

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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