Contents tagged with Doping

  • Russia grants visa to German journalist Seppelt for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and wants to question him

    German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas announced that Moscow has made concessions. The journalist for ARD, Hajo Seppelt, who is known for his revealing movies about doping in Russian sports, will be allowed to enter the Russian Federation. The Russian Investigative Committee stated that they want to question him about the case of doping, Deutsche Welle reports.  "Russia has just informed us that Hajo Seppelt can enter the country and stay at least during the Championship. We continue …

  • Media: Russia bribed President of International Biathlon Union with paid escorts

    According to the German publication Bild, citing sources from the channel ARD, an official Russian delegation paid for call girl services for the President of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Anders Besseberg in exchange for his support in choosing Tyumen as the host city for the 2021 World Cup.

    Besseberg, a Norwegian citizen, has taken a temporary leave of absence from activity with the IBU in connection with an investigation into the concealment of doping incidents.

    The Norwegian …

  • Doping whistleblower Rodchenkov meets with US senators

    Members of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Senators Ben Cardin and Cory Gardner, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee held a meeting on Capitol Hill with the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who was the first to report the existence of a state-supported doping program in Russian sports.

    The website of the commission says that during the meeting, threats to the United States from Russia, corruption in international sports structures, and possible measures to …

  • Russian Prime Minister Medvedev: IOC has adopted a shameful decision in denying 'justified' Russian athletes from participating in the Olympics

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has adopted a "shameful decision" in refusing to invite 15 "justified" athletes and coaches from Russia to attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

    "The IOC Commission has adopted a shameful decision. Unjust and unlawful. Immoral and politically motivated. By denying our athletes, whose rights were reinstated by a sports court designed specifically to resolve such disputable situations, the …

  • Russian doping scandal whistleblower: Putin knew of abuses in Russian sport

    Former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov said that Putin may have had a role in the doping scandal.

    A full version of the program by Seppelt, who has shot several films on doping problems in Russia, is scheduled to be released on the night of January 30. Several hours earlier, ARD uploaded a trailer  to YouTube announcing an interview with WADA informant Grigory Rodchenkov, who is now hiding in New York.

    The trailer contains a recording of Rodchenkov claiming that …

  • Many famous Russian athletes will not attend Olympics in Pyeongchang

    Due to the doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee has banned many top Russian athletes from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in Peongchang even under a neutral flag. Those who will not make it to the games include six times Olympic champion, 20-times world champion and primary contender for victory in the short-track speed skating contest Viktor Ahn, Russia’s top biathlete Anton Shipulin, and Russia’s top cross-country skier Sergei Ustiugov.

    As reported by the French news …

  • Russia prepares sanctions against U.S. Special Prosecutor Mueller

    The Council of the Federation of Russia prepared a preliminary version of a list of those implicated in Russia’s ouster from the 2018 Olympics, and sanctions are being prepared against them.

    Included on the list, according to the media outlet RBK Group – citing two sources in the Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament – are the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie, U.S. Attorney General Robert Mueller, head of the WADA commission to investigate charges of doping at the …

  • Russia agrees to pay $15 million fine to International Olympic Committee

    The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has agreed to pay $15 million to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the development of a global anti-doping system, as stated by the head of the ROC, Alexander Zhukov, reports TASS news agency.

    "We will pay. There is a contractual process currently in process with the IOC, and a payment deadline will be established," he reported.

    On December 5, 2017, the IOC Executive Committee decided to suspend the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee, …

  • Russia to conduct ‘alternative Olympics’ for athletes banned from going to South Korea due to doping

    The Russian Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, has told journalists that his ministry will organize and carry out separate games for athletes banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in South Korea.

    Kolobkov said the competition will not seek to obtain a new Olympic Games status because the exclusive rights to conduct the Olympics were owned by the International Olympic Committee.

    “Currently we are considering organizing a number of competitions and inviting foreign colleagues. We …

  • WADA suspects 300 Russian athletes of doping

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sent the names of 300 Russian athletes suspected of doping to the international sports federations, Deutsche Welle reports.

    On Thursday, December 14th, the sports British edition, Inside the Games, reported that the names of 300 athletes, including the representatives of both summer and winter sports and those who want to participate in the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, had been selected from a list of 10,000 names available to informant Grigory Rodchenkov. …