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MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is asking the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to immediately start investigation of the New York Times report on doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, the IOC press service told TASS.
On Thursday, the publication published a material citing former head of the Moscow antidoping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov. The text in particular claims that the names of some Russian Olympians were present in the so-called "doping program."
At least 15 Russian winners and medalists of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi used doping, the New York Times newspaper has claimed.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS a day earlier on Wednesday that foreign media reports on the allegedly ongoing doping abuse among Russian athletes were part of information attacks on the sports in the country.
"There is nothing surprising for me about it," Mutko said in his Wednesday interview with TASS. "Information attacks against the Russian sports are still underway."
The New York Times referred to Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, who claimed that Russia had implemented a special state-run anti-doping program designed to ensure Russian athletes’ victory at the home Olympic Games.
The New York Times mentioned the names of bobsledder Alexander Zubkov (two gold medals at 2014 Olympics); skier Alexander Legkov (gold and silver); skeleton racer Alexander Tretyakov (gold) and the entire women’s ice-hockey team (sixth place).
The New York Times had dispatched letters to the Russian national federations of winter sports asking their presidents or the athletes mentioned in the list for comments.
"It reminds me of a relay, when a baton is passed from one foreign media source to another one," the Russian sports minister said. "These are all links in a single chain. There is nothing behind it in fact. There are no facts," Mutko stressed in his interview with TASS on Wednesday.