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Russian investigators interested in international data on country’s athletes doping abuse

November 03, 2016, 19:33 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/.

The Russian Investigative Committee is interested in receiving information from international organizations regarding instances of doping abuse by Russian athletes, committee’s spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on Thursday.

"Information and proof regarding doping abuse cases from international organizations will be useful for the (Russian) investigation into a criminal case on doping abuse charges," Petrenko said.

"Such data will be of great use since any information regarding this issue is of major importance for us," she added.

The Independent Commission of WADA, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

As a result, WADA suggested that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

Mikhail Dyagteryov, the head of State Duma’s Committee on Physical Culture Sports, Tourism and Youth Issues, proposed earlier in the day that McLaren should visit Russia and provide documents proving all allegations, which led to all suspensions regarding Russian athletes and sports federations.

The WADA Independent Commission was initially set up and began its work in early 2015, following a series of German documentaries on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russian athletes.

ARD and Hajo Seppelt’s series of Russian doping-abuse documentaries

The ARD’s first two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.

On August 1, 2015, ARD released another documentary "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics." The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations, which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.

ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.

On March 6, German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who is also the author of the documentary series, premiered the third part of his documentaries, entitled "Doping Top Secret: Russia's Red Herrings." In that episode he claimed that the Russian athletics authorities were not taking sufficient steps to clean the sports from doping.

The fourth and most recent part of the German journalist’s documentaries on the allegedly widespread doping abuse in Russia was broadcast in Mat and was titled "Doping Secret: Showdown for Russia."

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