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‘Absurd, Groundless, Defamatory’: Russia Reacts to NYT Doping Allegations

Top Russian officials and athletes have denied a existence of a state-sponsored doping module during a 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The response comes after allegations done by a former arch of Russia’s doping laboratory in a The New York Times essay published Thursday.

Grigory Rodchenkov quiescent from his post and fled to Los Angeles after a doping liaison in 2015. In an talk to an American filmmaker Bryan Fogel, he pronounced that he grown a three-drug cocktail of criminialized substances that he afterwards churned it with wine – “whiskey for a men, Martini for a women” – and supposing to dozens of Russian athletes, The New York Times reported.

Russian athletes won 33 medals in a Sochi Games, 13 of that were gold. It cumulative a group an considerable feat after a common 6th place during a prior winter Olympics in Vancouver.

“This looks like a defector’s defamation. we wouldn’t trust such illogical accusations,” Kremlin orator Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday. “It looks like positively illogical statements that are not formed on infallible data,” he said.

Rodchenkov also confessed to being concerned in swapping athletes’ urine samples to safeguard a drugs were not rescued by a Olympic anti-doping laboratory. He claims that a intrigue was facilitated with a assistance and capitulation of both a Sports Ministry and a Federal Security Service (FSB).

A series of Russian officials and athletes have denied a scheme’s existence. “Cocktails? It’s silly. The sportsmen were underneath control before, during and after a Olympics,” pronounced Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko. “Accusations towards them are positively groundless. These are speculations of a male who was indicted of being concerned [in a doping scandal]. People who find themselves annoyed can contend a lot of things,” he said.

Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skier and 2014 Olympic bullion medalist mentioned in The New York Times article, called Rodchenkov’s statements defamatory. “Rodchenkov contingency be holding these cocktails himself if he writes such nonsense. Before a Olympics we underwent 33 doping tests. Any problems, any cocktails – it is finish slander,” he told a Match TV channel.

Alexander Zubkov, a maestro bobsledder who won dual bullion medals in Sochi, echoed his sentiment. “I participated in 5 Olympic competitions. we won medals in 3 of them. After any we was tested for doping. Now someone is perplexing to credit me of something. we don’t unequivocally know because they need to do it,” he was quoted by a Sport Express newspaper.

Coach of a Russian skeleton group Willi Schneider pronounced a allegations were illogical and politically motivated. One of his athletes, Alexander Tretyakov, won a bullion award in 2014 Olympics. “In my opinion, it’s usually unwashed politics,” pronounced Schneider. These reports have 0 guileless in them, it’s usually rumors, and I’m certain that Tretyakov was clean,” he told a TASS news agency.

Former conduct of a RUSADA inhabitant anti-doping group Nikolai Durmanov called a accusations “incredible.” “You can usually giggle during them,” he said. “Anyone who knows who doping control works during a Olympics where unfamiliar specialists are concerned will determine with me. Everything is carried out underneath despotic control,” Durmanov told a publication Life news outlet.

Massive denials haven’t assured a International Olympic Committee. On Friday, a orator pronounced that a Committee found these allegations “very worrying” and called for evident review by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). “Based on a commentary of a WADA inquiry, a International Olympic Committee will not demur to act with a common process of 0 toleration for doping and fortifying a purify athletes,” he said.

Earlier this year, Russian lane and margin inhabitant group was criminialized from participating in all general competitions due to unsuccessful doping tests. Analysts contend it will be intensely tough to lift a anathema before a arriving Olympic Games in Rio.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/569387.html