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IAAF supports IOC decision to encourage Russia’s whistleblowing couple

October 25, 2016, 18:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian former runner Yulia Stepanova was awarded a substantial training grant and her husband Vitaly Stepanov was offered a consulting job with the IOC on the anti-doping related issues

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MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) told TASS on Tuesday that it fully supported the decision made by the Internationasl Olympic Committee to reward Russia’s whistleblowing pair Vitaly and Yulia Stepanova, whose earlier testimonies instigated a doping-related scandal in Russian sports.

Inside The Games sports web portal reported on Monday that following a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach, Russian former runner Yulia Stepanova was awarded a substantial training grant and her husband Vitaly was offered a consulting job with the IOC on the anti-doping related issues.

IOC press service told TASS on Monday that the couple held a meeting with Bach in September.

Russian ex-doping official Vitaly Stepanov and his wife Yulia Stepanova, were in the center of a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports aired by German TV Channel ARD in December 2014.

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