Russian Insider Says State-Run Doping Fueled Sochi Olympic Gold

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    By REBECCA R. RUIZ and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZMAY 12, 2016

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    The director of Russia’s antidoping laboratory at the time of the Sochi Games said urine samples were surreptitiously replaced by somehow breaking into supposedly tamper-proof bottles. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times


    LOS ANGELES — Dozens of Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including at least 15 medal winners, were part of a state-run doping program, meticulously planned for years to ensure dominance at the Games, according to the director of the country’s antidoping laboratory at the time.

    The director, Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the laboratory that handled testing for thousands of Olympians, said he developed a three-drug cocktail of banned substances that he mixed with liquor and provided to dozens of Russian athletes, helping to facilitate one of the most elaborate — and successful — doping ploys in sports history.

    It involved some of Russia’s biggest stars of the Games, including 14 members of its cross-country ski team and two veteran bobsledders who won two golds.

    In a dark-of-night operation, Russian antidoping experts and members of the intelligence service surreptitiously replaced urine samples tainted by performance-enhancing drugs with clean urine collected months earlier, somehow breaking into the supposedly tamper-proof bottles that are the standard at international competitions, Dr. Rodchenkov said. For hours each night, they worked in a shadow laboratory lit by a single lamp, passing bottles of urine through a hand-size hole in the wall, to be ready for testing the next day, he said.

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    Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Sochi laboratory, said he developed a three-drug cocktail of banned substances that he provided to dozens of Russian athletes.CreditEmily Berl for The New York Times

    Six months ago, however, he had a dramatic change in fortune.

    In November, the World Anti-Doping Agency identified Dr. Rodchenkov as the linchpin in what it described as an extensive state-sponsored doping program in Russia, accusing him of extorting money from athletes — the only accusation he denies — as well as covering up positive drug tests and destroying hundreds of urine samples.

    After the report came out, Dr. Rodchenkov said, Russian officials forced him to resign. Fearing for his safety, he moved to Los Angeles, with the help of Mr. Fogel.

    Back in Russia, two of Dr. Rodchenkov’s close colleagues died unexpectedly in February, within weeks of each other; both were former antidoping officials, one who resigned soon after Dr. Rodchenkov fled the country.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/s...t-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
     
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    Pressure to bar Russia from Rio grows as UK anti-doping team’s work obstructed
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...a-rio-2016-olympics-uk-anti-doping-obstructed


     
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    Yay! Our friend @asianobserve is back. @Razor, have you greeted him?

    Now, who is this UKAD to carry out tests in Russia? Who is going to test UKAD?

    Please comment on the Syria related threads. Feel free to tell us how Russia was able to do in one month what the US failed to do in one year.
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    @asianobserve is back, good ol times will be back soon. Putin BEWARE.
     
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    So obviously this man is guilty. Now he says this operations is "state sponsored". May be it was just greed; and this man should face trial in Russia.

    Accusing Russian State has become standard procedure for all Russians who seek asylum in the West. Nothing surprising actually.
     
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    Yes Russian are involved in Drugs that enhance human performance and other things but I do not thing the are stupid enough to give to their athlete .Plus this article is too fishy .
     

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