Olympics News: Russian Sports Minister Open to Stepping Down

Olympics News: Russian Sports Minister Open to Stepping Down

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Russian Sports Minister Mutko speaks to media during news conference following meeting held to hear reports and elect new officials of Russia’s Athletics Federation in Moscow
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Amid the recent doping epidemic taking place in Russia, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday that he was prepared to resign from his position. The scandal has resulted in 16 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics after they were exposed of taking the drug called meldonium, which is now being referred to as “Russian Super Soldier Serum”.

Despite all the recent news that has come to light, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Mutko would remain in his position. However, according to R-Sport news agency, Mutko is prepared to resign.

 “This country has a leadership who take these decisions. When I see that the matter concerns me, I will leave my post.”

The scandal was really brought to light after five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova tested positive for meldonium earlier this month. Sharapova, along with several other Russian athletes claimed that they unaware they were taking it in the first place.

Since the drug was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on January 1st of 2016, there have been over 100 reported cases of athletes from several countries were exposed to this drug. However, their comments may carry some weight after the manufacturer of meldonium told Reuters UK some captivating information regarding the drug.

 

As the case continues to build, it remains to be seen how much weight the recent news will carry on the eligibility of the banned athletes.