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Rio olympics 2016: Russian Olympic Committee creates new anti-doping commission

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    President of Russia's Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov and Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Krill with Russia's Olympic National team

    ROC President Aleksandr Zhukov has announced the creation of a public anti-doping commission. The group will be headed by Vitaly Smirnov, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Zhukov

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    Russia's members of the national Olympic team walk after their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

    While the commission will initially be focused on issues involving athletes competing in summer sports, it will also be faced with monitoring the latest developments in ice hockey.

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    Russia's National Olympic team members lay flowers

    The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) confirmed it will ask for the identities of the 14 Russian players mentioned in Richard McLaren's WADA report as having used banned performance-enhancing substances at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

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    Russia's national Olympic team members listen to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Krill

    Smirnov previously served as the minister of sport of the Russian Federation from 1981 to 1990 and was a full member of the IOC from 1971 to 2015.

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    Russia's pole vaulter and Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva

    The news follows President Vladimir Putin's order for his country's officials to liaise with the IOC, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Russia's Olympic Committee to create the commission.

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