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Russia wanted to incriminate Ukrainian biathlon athlete before Olympic Games, - the NYT
08:21, 3 December 2017
Russia wanted to incriminate Ukrainian biathlon athlete before Olympic Games, - the NYT

Rodchenkov refused to spike drugs into the sample of Vita Semerenko, as the lie would be obvious with another test

08:21, 3 December 2017

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Dr. Grigoriy Rodchenkov, former head of Moscow anti-doping laboratory, said that Russian Minister of Sports Yuriy Nagorniy asked him to spike drugs into the tests of Ukrainian biathlon athlete Vita Semerenko, as he told The New York Times.

When telling about the incident before, Rodchenkov didn’t specify who asked him to do so – Russian Vice President or the Sports Minister.

He was particularly concerned with Ukrainian female biathletes, who posed the most serious challenge to Russia’s relay team during the Sochi Games,” Dr. Rodchenkov said.

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He also explained that if the athlete retakes the test, it will be clear that the drugs had been spiked into the sample and not went through the athlete’s body.

“I could not have done this to an innocent athlete,” he said. “During my career, I reported many Dirty Samples as clean, but never the other way around.”

In the end, Vita Semerenko did go to Sochi and won gold as part of Ukrainian team and bronze individually.

Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov — Russia’s former anti-doping lab chief now living in the United States — described widespread, systematic doping in a tell-all account that prompted the World Anti-Doping Agency to commission an investigation.

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