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WADA wants tougher action from Russia on doping.

MOSCOW: Russia should do more to fight a surge of doping in sports, the World Anti-Doping agency said on Friday although Moscow only appeared ready to introduce mild punishment for such offences.

Russia, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, has been in the doping spotlight in recent years with many of its summer and winter athletes testing positive for banned substances.

"Russia needs to do more to show the world its total commitment to eradicate the surge of doping," John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), told a Kremlin-sponsored forum of sportsmen and top officials.

"Russia needs to expand its domestic doping control program... testing needs to be conducted in a smart way."

He said Russia s domestic anti-doping watchdog, RUSADA, needed to get proper and stable funding to build expertise and become sustainable.

In May, President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law, expanding the notion of doping by specifying a number of substances and methods used to boost sports performance.

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But there is still no punishment for athletes involved in using certain stimulants unless the drugs are officially listed as narcotics or poisons -- which is not normally the case.

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