President Putin says Russia needs to carry out its own investigation into doping allegations. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
It's all smiles as President Vladimir Putin meets with Russian athletes. The meetings come as Russia could be banned from international athletics, including the 2016 Olympic Games, after an anti-doping commission report on Monday alleged widespread corruption and collusion that added up to a state-sponsored drugs culture. The commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency found a "deeply rooted culture of cheating" in Russian athletics. Putin in his first comments on the allegation says Russia needs to cooperate with international organizations but added that Russia will carry out its own investigation. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We must carry out our own, internal investigation and to ensure the most open, I want to stress this - the most open professional cooperation with international anti-doping structures. Here in Russia we must do all we can to get rid of this problem." He added that if problems are found someone would have to personally assume responsibility for the issue and that those who have not violated any rules -- they should not take responsibility for those who may have committed violations.