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Anti-doping chief dies


MOSCOW. — Former head of Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA, Nikita Kamayev, who resigned last year over scandalous allegations of state-sanctioned doping, has died suddenly, the agency said yesterday.

“The RUSADA former executive director died suddenly at the age of 52,” RUSADA said in a statement. “The cause is presumed to be a massive heart attack.”

“It is a great loss and unexpected for us,” the Russian anti-doping agency’s interim general director Anna Antseliovich, who took charge after the scandal, told R-Sport news agency.

Kamayev, who resigned as RUSADA’s executive director in December, died after feeling ill while skiing, the former general director of the anti-doping agency, Ramil Khabriyev told TASS news agency earlier yesterday. — AFP.

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