MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Russian athletes involved in the recent doping scandal will file a lawsuit in two weeks against Yulia Stepanova who accused them of doping abuse in a film aired by German television, their lawyer said on Friday.
"I think we will be able to prepare materials within two weeks and file a lawsuit to a Russian court," Alexander Karabanov said.
The doping scandal erupted in December 2014 after Germany’s TV Channel ARD aired a documentary on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches. The two main interviewees in the documentary were Russia’s track and field athlete Stepanova and her husband Vitaly — a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA who accused ARAF of involvement in spreading doping among athletes.
Stepanova disqualified for doping in 2013 now lives in Germany and is seeking a residence permit in Canada.
An independent WADA commission delivered on November 9 a report on its investigation into doping abuse allegations involving Russian athletes. This recommended that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspends all athletes of the All-Russia Athletics Federation from international competitions.
Last Friday, the IAAF council voted 22-1 to suspend the Russian federation, which could prevent Russian track and field athletes taking part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year.
A WADA committee also found the Russian Anti-Doping agency (RUSADA) infringed the sport's anti-doping code. RUSADA said it was ready to meet all WADA requirements and work to resolve current problems.