Russian anti-doping agency appoints new chief amid crisis


A photographer takes photos of a sign outside the office of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia on September 20, 2018. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

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MOSCOW, Dec. 4 (Reuters) – Russia on Saturday appointed Veronika Loginova, a sports and anti-doping official, to head its national anti-doping agency as Moscow tries to emerge from a lingering doping crisis For years.

Russia has been rocked by doping scandals since 2015, and its athletes are expected to compete without their flag and national anthem at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The RUSADA anti-doping agency has been headed by interim director Mikhail Bukhanov since the former head of the agency was sacked in August last year.

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“Veronika Loginova has become the new managing director,” the Interfax news agency said, quoting RUSADA.

Loginova is adviser to the Rector of the Russian International Olympic University on anti-doping programs, member of the Disciplinary Commission of the Russian Athletics Federation and other positions.

The Russian Association of Lawyers, one of the founders of RUSADA, said it hopes his nomination will help Russia regain the right to compete with its flag and national anthem in December next year.

“This is an extremely important step and step in the return of the Russian flag and anthem to competition, as well as the lifting of the ban on major international competitions in Russia,” said the president of the association, Vladimir Gruzdev.

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Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Rohith Nair

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