Marat Safin: ´Current sports system in Russia needs to be demolished and rebuilt´



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Marat Safin: ´Current sports system in Russia needs to be demolished and rebuilt´

All the doping scandals for Meldonium in Russia do not bring a good image to the Country, and the former tennis player Marat Safin is aware of it. Interviewed by Sov Sport, Safin has criticized the current sports system in Russia.

'It needs to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch - he said - It's nonviable'. There are no labs, rehab centers and insurance system protecting athletes all season long, 'enough with patching holes here and there' - he added - 'For how long can we get away with it? If this way of thinking regarding doping persists, Russian athletes will be in trouble.' What if Russia is banned from Rio? 'We don’t have to be resentful or to politicize it, we have to do our job properly.

Money is not invested in the right way.' Safin won the 2000 US Open and the 2005 Australian Open during his career and also led Russia to the Davis Cup win in 2002 and 2006. He was also ranked No. 1 in the world for nine weeks in during the 2000-2001 seasons.

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