IFs to receive names of hundreds of Russian doping suspects
International sports federations were today due to receive the names of hundreds of Russian athletes suspected of doping, deriving from a Russian database obtained by the World Anti-Doping Agency from a whistleblower.
Over 20 sports were set to receive the names from Günter Younger, WADA’s director of intelligence and investigations, at a meeting in Lausanne, according to a report in the UK’s Times newspaper. The federations include those of summer and winter sports, such as Fifa and the IAAF, the world governing bodies of soccer and athletics, respectively.
The database contains thousands of names, but only those where there is evidence of doping between 2011 and 2015 are being revealed initially. The database formed part of the evidence considered by a commission led by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, on behalf of the International Olympic Committee.
Meanwhile, Pavel Kolobkov, Russia’s sports minister (pictured), said yesterday that he expects more “provocations” ahead of Russia’s hosting of next year’s soccer World Cup after Fifa said last week that it would test past samples from the Russian soccer team.
He said: “There will, of course, be provocations, but they should be reacted to calmly - and through the legal sphere. The main thing is not to give a reason for such provocations.”
The winter Olympics held in Sochi in 2014 have been the subject of a major investigation into an alleged doping programme in the country involving over 1,000 athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports (including non-Olympic sports).
The athletes were involved in, or benefited from, manipulations to conceal positive tests between 2011 and 2015, according to the independent McLaren report, commissioned by WADA.