Putin: independent commission needs to fix Russia's doping problem

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 9:25 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for the creation of an independent commission with foreign experts to address problems with Russia's anti-doping system.

Putin suggested that the commission be chaired by Vitaly Smirnov, a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and a current honorary member of the IOC.

Putin, addressing a government meeting, described Smirnov, an IOC member from 1971 to 2015, as "a person with a flawless reputation".

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe)