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|MOSCOW， June 9 (Xinhua) -- The latest documentary by the German ARD TV channel accusing Russian athletes and officials of being involved in a doping scandal are not convincing， Russian officials said Thursday.
"There is nothing new， the data are rather unconvincing， they are not backed by any substantial evidence，" Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a briefing.
"We still consider this unproven slander，" Peskov added.
The ARD broadcasted on Wednesday another documentary accusing among other things Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko of blocking the reporting of a doping offense by a top Russian football player.
Also， Mutko's advisor Natalya Zhelanova had hidden positive doping tests of Russian athletes and bribed foreign officials， said the documentary quoting former head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov.
"This is a deliberate attack on Russia， calm and organized. Rodchenkov is paying back debts to people who had once sheltered him，" Mutko was shown as saying by the Russia 24 TV Channel.
Suggesting that Rodchenko might advance new accusations， Mutko said that the doping scandal also targeted to undermine the 2018 FIFA World cup scheduled to take place in Russia.
Mutko's adviser Zhelanova denied the accusations and was thinking of launching a lawsuit against Rodchenkov， RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The Russian Sports Ministry issued on Thursday a statement stressing that Rodchenkov， the author of the accusations， could not be considered a reliable source as he had "carried out illegal activities violating the spirit of fair sport for many years."
The ministry urged that any evidence of doping offense should be sent to relevant authorities for proper investigation.
The documentary shown on Wednesday was the latest in the series by the ARD channel， with the first one released in December 2014， which alleged that Russian athletes and sports officials were involved in wide use of banned drugs to secure victories at various sports competitions.
BEIJING， April 26 (Xinhua) -- China's highest court on Tuesday tried the trademark case lodged by U.S. basketball legend Michael Jordan against a Chinese sportswear firm.
Tuesday's trial featured the court investigation， debates and final statements. A verdict has not yet been made.
Jordan， who retired from the sport in 2003， said that he welcomed the decision of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) to hear his cases after years of lawsuit.
""I'm pleased that the Supreme People's Court in China decided to hear my cases against Qiaodan Sports on World Intellectual Property Day. These cases are very important to me - they are about bringing an end to Qiaodan Sports' misuse of my name， identity and likeness， which continues to confuse Chinese consumers，"" the former NBA superstar said in a statement.
""I believe my Chinese fans and all Chinese consumers deserve to know what they are buying， and that Qiaodan Sports and its products have no connection to me. I respect the Chinese legal system， and I look forward to the court's ruling.""
Michael Jordan is arguably the most famous foreign basketball star in China and is known in the county as ""Qiaodan""， the Chinese translation for his surname.
In 2012， Jordan accused Qiaodan Sports Co.， a Chinese sportswear and shoe manufacturer， of unauthorized use of his name and identity. Jordan lodged an appeal to the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce to revoke the trademark of Qiaodan Sports Co， but his request was rejected.
Later， Jordan filed two lawsuits against the adjudication of the trademark authority but lost the case in both trials.
In 2015， Jordan appealed to the Supreme People's Court (SPC) for a retrial. The SPC accepted the appeal on the basis of the Administrative Procedural Law.
Qiaodan's lawyer reiterated that the word ""Qiaodan"" is simply the translation of the common surname ""Jordan""， instead of the full name of the former NBA player.
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