'The WADA informant who accused Russia of state-sanctioned athletic doping said that he “does not care about the fight against doping” in a video released by a Russian TV channel. The fate of Team Russia’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is to be decided on Tuesday.
On December 2, Russia’s NTV aired extracts from three different videos purportedly showing the former Moscow anti-doping lab chief, Grigory Rodchenkov, making a series of shocking statements. In one video, a man who strongly resembles Rodchenkov admits that he “does not care about the fight against doping.”
In another clip, the same man says that he’s a “terrible person” who has “sold his soul” – although he was quick to point out that his “price had risen.” He goes on to boast that his “expensive” apartment in Los Angeles and latest-model Infiniti “are paid for” in full.
“I’ll make sure you have one positive sample of 20,000. I’ll make sure I have 100 samples, and I will destroy all Olympic sports of Russia for the next five years!” the person believed to be Rodchenkov declares in one of the videos obtained by NTV. The channel did not elaborate on the details of the videos’ origins.
Rodchenkov fled Russia for the US in November 2015. His testimony about alleged misconduct by Russian authorities during the 2014 Sochi Olympics formed the basis for a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report authored by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. The report, released in July 2016, claims that Russian athletes participated in systematic doping with the full knowledge of the Kremlin.'
Read more: ‘I’ll destroy all Russian Olympic sports for next five years’ – revelations of runaway WADA informant
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