Russia opens criminal case against former anti-doping chief
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[June 18, 2016]
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian
federal investigators said on Saturday they had opened a criminal
case against the country's former anti-doping chief on charges of
abuse of office, a day after world athletics' governing body upheld
a ban on Russia for systematic doping.
Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow anti-doping laboratory chief
who later fled to the United States, has spoken widely about how
Russia ran a cover-up of doping by dozens of its athletes at the
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The country's investigative committee, which is responsible for
conducting investigations into local authorities and federal
governmental bodies, said Rodchenkov ordered his subordinates in
2014 to recycle samples despite pledging to store them until further
notice by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which resulted in
damaging state interests.
Investigators said they believed Rodchenkov used his authority
contrary to the legitimate interests of the anti-doping laboratory
in order to extract personal benefits.
Rodchenkov, who is in hiding in the United States, could not be
reached for comment.
Earlier this month, the investigative committee launched criminal
proceedings against officials from the All-Russia Athletic
Federation on similar charges relating to 2009-2013.
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The International Association of Athletics Federations on Friday
unanimously upheld its ban on Russian track and field athletes
competing at international competitions, saying not enough progress
had been made with reforms and dashing the team's hopes of going to
the Rio Olympics.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would seek the
intervention of WADA and the International Olympic Committee over
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Mark Potter)
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