Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an investigation into claims the sportsmen of the country’s have now been part of an organized doping programme.
He said he desired “professional co-operation” with anti-doping bodies.
“The fight should be open,” said Putin. “A sporting contest is interesting when it’s honest.”
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko had earlier said Britain’s anti-doping system had “zero value” and was “even worse” than Russia’s.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport rejected that accusation.
Putin talked just in regards to the issues influencing Russia, saying someone must take accountability should problems be discovered.
“Russian President Vladimir ask the minister of sport and all our co-workers that are linked in one way or another with sport to pay this issue the greatest potential attention,” he said, before a meeting with sports officials in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“It’s critical that we conduct our own internal investigation and – Russian President Vladimir want to underline – supply the most open professional cooperation with international anti-doping constructions.”
Lord Coe, president of sports’ governing body, the IAAF, has told the Russian athletics federation to react by Friday to Wada’s report.
The author, Dick Pound, of the report recommended Russian athletes be suspended from the 2016 Olympic Games.
But International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday his organisation had “no authority” to take such action, as well as the issue was solely for the IAAF to deal with.
Bach said the IOC would continue to apply a zero-tolerance policy to doping, which Olympic medals will be removed from any Russian sportsman named in the Wada report who’s found guilty of doping.
“The country’s athletes have a successful background,” said Bach. “We’ll protect clean athletes.”