Doping: Russia to resume testing despite coronavirus outbreak

MOSCOW: Russian anti-doping agency Russia said on Wednesday it will progressively resume testing later this month after imposing a pause in response to government measures aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus .

At an online press conference, Yuri Ganus, the agency's chief executive officer, said: Russia He had drawn up a plan to resume testing, which was stopped in late March.

Now we are waiting for the latest recommendations from World Anti-Doping Agency ( Love ) Ganus said. We will start the tests from the last ten days of May.

Doping control officers will wear personal protective gear when testing resumes to protect themselves and the athletes, Victoria Barinova, head of Russia 's testing department, said at the online press conference.

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Moscow and several other regions have declared lockdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far infected 165,929 people across Russia. The country has recorded 1,537 deaths from the virus.

Russia was suspended in 2015 after Love found evidence of mass doping in Russian athletics.

The agency was conditionally reinstated in September 2018, but was declared non-compliant late last year after Love found Moscow had provided it with doctored laboratory data.

Russia está en el proceso de apelar una prohibición de cuatro años a sus atletas que compiten en los principales eventos deportivos internacionales bajo su bandera como castigo por esa alteración de los datos de laboratorio.