10 Oct 2018 18:26

Anti-doping issues should be resolved through UNESCO - Putin

ULYANOVSK. Oct 10 (Interfax) - Measures to improve the international anti-doping system should be worked out through the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We express solidarity with partners who say that some changes in this sphere are needed, and we are convinced that this work should be done on the UNESCO platform and under the relevant international convention," Putin said at the Russia - Country of Sports Forum in Ulyanovsk.

"The key players in the Olympic movement, the International Olympic Committee itself, international federations, and national Olympic committees should play a tangibly more substantive role" in this work, he said.

"Of course, all of us need efforts to elaborate common rules, which will be transparent, fair and equal for all athletes. This meets the interests of sports in the world and its tomorrow," Putin said.

"One can ensure the careful attitude to sports only on the basis of the Olympic Charter and international legal acts, and given the opinion of international sports federations, and honoring domestic legislations," he said.