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Kremlin urges sports federations to review sanctions after Rodchenkov’s fresh statements

Peskov also said that Rodchenkov’s new testimony "deserves a deeper look, first of all, on behalf of all media, which had been glorifying this gentleman"

ST. PETERSBURG, April 27. /TASS/. Moscow firmly believes that international sports federations and other organizations should review their sanctions in regard to Russian athletes following recent statements made by former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

"We see now as a fact that this person is confused with his testimonies, that he is actually confirming his lies and his slander and the fact that he is confirming the insufficiency of his previously made statements," Peskov told journalists.

"We certainly hope that this situation will force different organizations to once again thoroughly review the original reasons for their subsequent decisions in regard to our athletes," the presidential spokesman added.

Peskov also said that Rodchenkov’s new testimony "deserves a deeper look inside, first of all, on behalf of all media, which had been glorifying this gentleman."

"We have been repeatedly saying at that time that such ungrounded statements of this gentleman hardly deserve such close attention and that any serious decisions can be hardly made basing on his statements and it includes respectable organizations, such as the WADA," Peskov said.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne published on April 23 the full text of its verdicts on the appeals from Russian cross country skier Alexander Legkov (his appeal was upheld) and Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov (his appeal was partially upheld).

According to the published document, Rodchenkov said in his testimony that he never personally gave to any of Russian athletes the so-called Duchess cocktail and never saw them consuming this banned performance enhancing drug.

Rodchenkov also said that he could not verify personally that Russian athletes participated in the alleged scheme of tampering with collected doping samples. He added that he was never present during the collection of clean urine doping samples and never saw or heard of Russian athletes and coaches receiving orders to consume Duchess cocktail.

Whistleblower Rodchenkov and his doping allegations

Rodchenkov told Western media in the spring of 2016 that Russian athletes largely used performance enhancing drugs at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the approval of the national sports authorities.

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.

The former chief of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory also gave WADA last year what he said was a list of athletes who on the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics allegedly had used a doping cocktail that he concocted and named after a popular Soviet-era soft drink, ‘Duchess Cocktail.’

On June 8, 2016, Russia’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal case against Rodchenkov on charges of power abuse. On September 21, 2017 Moscow’s Basmanny District Court arrested him in absentia.

In November 2017, the Russian Investigative Committee announced that it would seek the extradition of Rodchenkov, who absconded to the United States in 2015. In addition, an obstruction of justice charges was filed against him. He was also put on the international wanted list.