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Russian sports minister: Lausanne anti-doping lab must be deprived of accreditation

June 08, 2016, 15:46 UTC+3

The minister says the laboratory has committed mistakes in rechecking Russian athletes’ samples

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MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. The anti-doping laboratory in the Swiss city of Lausanne should be deprived of accreditation as it has committed mistakes in rechecking Russian athletes’ samples, Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

"The 2008 samples are being rechecked but no explanations have been given about why precisely these samples are undergoing a recheck. Two B samples out of them subsequently turn out to produce a negative result. Under the WADA Code, a laboratory that has erroneously determined a sample positive result must be deprived of accreditation while all the samples it checked should be recognized as invalid," Mutko said.

"Is someone doing this? No, no one is doing this," the Russian sports minister said.

The Olympic Committee of Russia posted information on its website on Friday that the B samples of two-time Olympic medalist in race walking Denis Nizhegorodov and rower Alexander Kornilov from the 2008 Beijing Olympics tested negative.

The committee earlier confirmed that it had received documents from the International Olympic Committee notifying that a recheck of the doping samples taken during the Beijing Olympics revealed positive A samples of 14 Russian athletes in three disciplines.

Criminal probes regarding Russia’s doping scandals

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating all doping-related cases involving national athletes and criminal probes are likely to be launched eventually, Mutko said.

"We are under some sort of a media attack," Mutko said. "I do see their [media] goals, which are aimed to influence the upcoming session of the International Athletics Federation’s Commission."

"I do understand the goals of this and other media publications," he said. "However, the Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating all facts and I believe it is possible that criminal probes are to follow."

In the most recent development of events ex-head of Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov told Western media that Russian athletes allegedly used performance enhancing drugs at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the approval from the national sports authorities.

In an interview with New York Times, published in mid-May, Rodchenkov claimed that an unnamed official from the Russian Sports Ministry used sending him lists of national athletes, whose doping samples he had to substitute during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Rodchenkov also said that he developed a special cocktail consisting of three banned doping substances intended for the national athletes at home Games two years ago.

On the whole, the ex-doping official claimed that the Russian sports authorities allegedly prepared a special doping program for national athletes in order to win most of the medals at home Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. Rodchenkov added that some Russian Olympic gold medalists in Sochi took banned substances.

Sports Minister Mutko said he had warned in advance the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that after Rodchenkov was dismissed from his post he would begin accusing Russia of systematic anti-doping violations.



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