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17 Nov 2016

Lukashenko calls for more transparency in investigation of doping scandals in sport

MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – I am for more transparency in the investigation of the doping scandals in sport, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at a press conference for Russian regional mass media on 17 November.

The President drew attention to the fact that it was not only Russia but also Belarus and Kazakhstan who came under pressure. “Accusations against us were many. But we have even more against our opponents who are supposedly clean,” the head of state stressed citing the WADA leaks.

“Athletes can win without doping, pharmaceuticals, but we need to make sure the playing field is level for all. This industry needs to be open to all. It is not good when three bureaucrats make some decision and you have to go to court. Who are the judges?” Alexander Lukashenko asked.

Revisiting the situation with Russian sportsmen, the Belarusian leader underlined that “there should be no blanket bans on the team and more so on the state. You cannot claim that the top leadership is involved and show not evidence,” he added.

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