Russia Commits to Doping Rules

first_imgMOSCOW— Russia said Friday it will follow any recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency to clean up its own troubled drug-testing body.A WADA commission’s report this month accused the Russian anti-doping agency, RUSADA, of covering up failed drug tests by top athletes. RUSADA was suspended by WADA following the report’s publication.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko met WADA director general David Howman in Germany on Thursday.According to an account of the meeting posted by the ministry, Mutko said Russia would “follow all recommendations from WADA aimed at the necessary transformations in the activities and structure of RUSADA.”In a statement on the WADA website, Howman said Russia still had a long way to go.“WADA is pleased with the assurances provided by Minister Mutko to address the issues raised in WADA’s Independent Commission Report,” Howman said. “There is, however, still much work to be done by RUSADA. … It is imperative that Russia’s anti-doping program be overhauled in order to protect the rights of clean athletes worldwide and to re-establish public confidence in Russian athletics.”Russia’s track and field team was also suspended this month by the IAAF and could miss next year’s Olympics in Brazil.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Klopp’s plan for Liverpool keeping Salah & Co.

first_imgTransfers Klopp details how Liverpool can keep Salah and Co. at Anfield Chris Burton 02:31 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds have seen star turns such as Philippe Coutinho head for the exits while Emre Can could be next, but they are working to retain prized assets Jurgen Klopp has no intention of losing more key men at Liverpool, with the Reds aware of what it will take to keep Mohamed Salah and Co. happy.Philippe Coutinho saw his head turned by Barcelona in January, leading to a £142 million move, while Emre Can is continuing to run down his contract at Anfield and could be next to head for the exits.Liverpool are, however, planning long term with those at their disposal and acknowledge that on-field success will help to fend off interest from afar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salah is among the star turns to be generating transfer talk at present, amid strong links to Real Madrid, and Klopp is aware that sporting and financial factors have to be considered by the Reds as they seek to keep prized assets on Merseyside.He told reporters when quizzed on the future of in-demand talent: “Of course we want to keep them but they all have long contracts so it’s not like we have a big rush to do it tomorrow.“We are in constant talks, but our first job is to create something that everybody wants to be part of. “There are a lot of football clubs around and if they pay then it’s normal that a player thinks about it.“We cannot convince them with money, we have to do it with the football. I believe it is a really interesting project here at the moment.”Jurgen Klopp how to keep Mohamed SalahAdding to that project is the priority for Klopp heading forward, with Liverpool having opted to wait until the summer before reinvesting the cash generated from Coutinho’s sale back into their squad.Klopp added on his transfer plans: “We want to keep this team together and strengthen it.”The Reds recently announced encouraging financial results, with chief operating officer Andy Hughes confirming that funds will be made available when the window of opportunity re-opens.He said: “Performance on the pitch and the reinvestment in our squad is always a priority and following the club’s record signing last month we will look to invest again in the summer.”Liverpool made Virgil van Dijk their record signing in January, with £75m paid to Premier League rivals Southampton, and they already have a summer deal in place for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more