Report alleges Russian doping at Sochi Games

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LOS ANGELES: A whistleblower who helped lift the lid on the drugs scandal engulfing Russian athletics said on US television on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that state-sponsored doping extended to Russian competitors at the Sochi Olympics. Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee of Russia’s anti-doping agency who is now living in the United States, told the CBS network’s “60 Minutes” program that he had been told of a doping cover-up during the 2014 Winter Games by Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of the now-discredited anti-doping lab in Russia. Russia’s sports minister, responding to a preview of the interview, had said Saturday that the allegations that at least four Russian gold medalists in Sochi were using steroids, were “speculation.”

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