Doping whistleblower accused of supplying drugs

By Daily Sports on November 29, 2017

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A Russian whistleblower who reported an alleged state doping cover-up at Sochi Olympics has been accused of personally supplying drugs, according to a Russian inquiry.

The government investigations unit says athletes did not know Grigory Rodchenkov had given them substances.

Rodchenkov was the director of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory.

The accusation comes a week before Russia finds out if its Olympic ban for state-sponsored doping will be lifted before the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

"It was established that Rodchenkov personally supplied the athletes and coaches with medicines whose proven features were not known to them but which later were established to constitute performance-enhancing drugs," the Investigative Committee of Russia (IC) said in a statement.

Russia has always maintained that Rodchenkov, and not the state, was involved. The country's president Vladimir Putin said the allegations stemmed from "one man with a scandalous reputation".

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has previously accused Rodchenkov of asking for and accepting bribes and destroying more than 1,400 blood and urine samples.

"Having the access rights to the base and the results of the athletes' tests up to June 2016, they had a chance to uncontrollably change them with the goal of creating false evidence," IC's spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko is quoted as saying in Russian newspaper Tass.

•Photo shows Grigory Rodchenkov.

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 29, 2017


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