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Russian investigators to unveil proof of Russian athletes’ database exposure to tampering

November 28, 11:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the investigators, the representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency had known about the database’s vulnerability before 2014 and called on Rodchenkov to ban the remote access

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Grigory Rodchenkov

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MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Investigative Committee has obtained evidence of vulnerability of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory’s database and that its former chief and WADA whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov worked in it remotely after fleeing to the United States, IC’s Spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on Tuesday.

According to her, the representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency had known about the database’s vulnerability before 2014 and called on Rodchenkov to ban the remote access.

"Having the access rights to the base and the results of the athletes’ tests up to June 2016, they had a chance to uncontrollably change them with the goal of creating false evidence. The proof of these manipulations may be provided to WADA and the IOC," she said.

Petrenko also stressed that Rodchenkov’s doping accusations against Russian athletes are unfounded and come in the run up to the International Olympic Committee’s meeting and the decision on the participation of the Russian team in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, due on December 5.

She recalled that more than 700 athletes, coaches, medical staff workers of Russia’s teams and sports federations, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Anti-Doping Center were questioned by the investigators. They denied the conclusions of the head of WADA’s commission, Richard McLaren, and unfounded accusations of Rodchenkov that there is a state doping program in Russia, Petrenko said.

The tests also refuted the conclusions of McLaren and the School of Criminology, University of Lausanne, that anti-doping security bottles BEREG-KIT could be tampered. According to Russian experts, these bottles cannot be tampered, including by the methods described by McLaren and the university staff members.

"On the contrary, it was found out that Rodchenkov himself provided athletes and coaches with drugs, although he did not know their true qualities, and by destroying the athletes’ doping tests and accusing Russia of pursuing a doping program, he concealed the results of his criminal activity in the Anti-Doping Center. Particular facts of his crimes, related to manipulations with the results of the athletes’ doping tests, are being established during the investigation," she said.

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