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Russian investigators send papers refuting informant’s ‘sample-swapping’ testimony to WADA

The Russian Investigative Committee has sent documents refuting the statements made by former Anti-Doping Center’s chief Rodchenkov about the alleged swapping of doping samples at the Sochi Olympics

MOSCOW, May 11. /TASS/. The Russian Investigative Committee has sent documents to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) refuting the statements made by former Anti-Doping Center’s Director Grigory Rodchenkov about the alleged swapping of doping samples at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russian Investigative Committee Spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko has reported.

"The investigators have collected objective evidence refuting the false testimony given by Rodchenkov about the delivery of the athletes’ doping samples to the Sochi Anti-Doping Laboratory, their storage and the substitution of biomaterials contained in them by opening Bereg-Kit bottles at night," the Investigative Committee spokeswoman reported.

The documents saying that the doping samples "were delivered to the Sochi laboratory during the daytime, registered and transferred for examination over a period of 30 minutes to two hours" were sent to WADA, she said.

The investigators sent copies of protocols to WADA on the dispatch of the doping samples and the documents on their registration and aliquoting at the Sochi laboratory in 2014 for athletes Sergei Chudinov, Inna Dyubanyuk, Alexander Legkov, Elena Nikitina, Maria Orlova, Olga Potylitsyna, Evgenia Shapovalova, Anna Shibanova, Alexander Tretyakov, Olga Vilukhina, Alexey Voevoda, Evgeny Belov, Albert Demchenko and Alexey Petukhov, whom the Oswald commission had suspended from participation at the Olympic Games for life over doping rules violations.

Thus, the Investigative Committee spokeswoman explained, this refutes "Rodchenkov’s testimony saying that during the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 the samples of the specified Russian athletes were stored after collection, nightly substituted with clean ones and only after the substitution tested for the presence of banned substances in them."

The interrogated members of the anti-doping center who worked at the Sochi laboratory in 2014, who had been warned of criminal responsibility for giving false evidence, testified as witnesses that no actions to substitute the samples had been carried out.

International cooperation

"The investigators are still open for cooperation with foreign competent authorities, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA and public international organizations, including WADA, and also expect to receive help from them," Petrenko stressed.

However, she said, "foreign competent authorities and international sports organizations are still not helping the investigation, the international inquiries about Rodchenkov, McLaren, reporter Seppelt’s interrogation or WADA providing evidence of Russia’s culpability have not been fulfilled."