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German TV Report Says Russian Sports Minister Involved in Doping Scandal

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The German television station that first put a spotlight on Russia's widespread doping scandal says embattled Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was directly involved in covering up cheating and avoiding bans.
 
The allegations come as the IAAF, track and field's international governing body, prepares to decide on June 17 if Russian athletes will be banned from next month's Summer Olympics in Rio.
 
In a documentary on Russian doping to air on German television on June 8, ARD will charge Mutko with preventing a failed drug test by a top-flight Russian soccer player from being made public as well as allowing several track-and-field coaches -- banned for life for their involvement in doping -- to continue training Russian athletes.
 
ARD says it has documents that show Mutko kept the soccer player's positive drug test a secret and video footage of banned coaches working.
 
Mutko rejected the German broadcaster's charges. "The aim of this film is obvious: to influence the [IAAF] committee on the reinstatement of Russian athletics on the eve of its meeting," Mutko told Interfax on June 8.
 

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