From Washington, this is VOA News.
I’m Frances Alonzo reporting.
Russia says allegations its athletes were part of a widespread doping and efforts to cover it up are "groundless" and insists that its policies strictly adhered to those of the global anti-doping agency and of the International Olympic Committee.
A Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday that evidence had not been presented to substantiate the claims.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Russian Anti-Doping agency, Nikita Kamaev, acknowledged there have been some issues:
He says, "I believe that problems obviously exist, but Russia is on a path to clear its name and change, and this is trend recently. It is strange to talk about that for me as if I am praising myself. But according to objective facts - and we use statistics of changes - Russian anti-doping, based on the criteria suggested by the national agencies, by the international agency itself, operates totally in accordance with the criteria and fights doping effectively enough."
On Monday, a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report implicated athletes, coaches, trainers and doctors, as well as various Russian institutions.
Militants shelled the coastal Syrian city of Latakia Tuesday, killing at least 16 and wounding 53, according to state media, in one of the deadliest attacks on the government stronghold in recent months.
The state news agency SANA said the shells were fired by militants affiliated with the al-Qaida branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front. Syrian State TV said two shells hit near an area of Tishrin University on Tuesday afternoon.
Words in the News
allegations – n. claims
athletes – n. people who are trained in or good at sports or games
doping – n. the illegal use of a drug or banned substance
insists – v. to demand something
strictly – adj. demanding that people obey rules or traditions
adhered – v. to follow; to connect to something
global – adj. worldwide or international
substantiate – v. to prove something is true
acknowledge – v. to admit or confirm
obviously – adj. in a way that is easy to recognize or understand
trend – n. movement in a general direction
according – adj. as stated in or by
statistics – n. an area of mathematics dealing with the collection and study of numbers
criteria – n. something that is sued as a reason for making a decision
accordance – n. agreement
implicated – v. to some that someone or something is closely involved with something
various – adj. different
institutions – n. organizations or agencies
stronghold – n. a place where most people have the same beliefs or values
branch – n. part of a government; a local office of a company or organization
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