Accusations of Russia’s support of doping can be associated with upcoming presidential elections in Russia. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin said today during a visit to Chelyabinsk compressor plant, reports TASS.
According to the President, it is «troubling» that the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will be held a month before elections in the Russian Federation. Putin suspects that «everything is designed» to create discontent with the authorities of Russia among athletes and sports enthusiasts.
He noted that the international Olympic Committee (IOC) and other international sports organisations «very dependent» from sponsors, advertisers and owners of the television rights.
Putin said that «controlling interest» is the United States. In his opinion, the «alleged interference» of Russia in the American presidential election is the cause of the United States attempts to «create problems» in the elections in Russia.
Sports and culture should be above politics, said the President of the Russian Federation.
In November, the IOC disqualified for life for doping, the Russian skiers Alexander passenger cars and Eugenia Belova and Alexei Petukhov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Yevgeny Shapovalov and Yulia Ivanova.
The doping scandal around Russian sport began in November 2015, when the World anti-doping Agency (WADA) has published a report which accused the Russian Federation in government support of doping. The report noted that Russian special services were covered systematic doping Russian athletes, admits the «direct intimidation and interference» in the work of the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.
16 countries – members of the Institute of national anti-doping organizations on 14 September called on the international Olympic Committee to suspend the Russian delegation participation at the Olympic winter games 2018 in Pyeongchang. 18 Sep requirement was joined by 12 countries. By the end of September, these countries became 37.
The independent Commission of Richard McLaren in 2016, gave details of the state support of doping in Russia. In particular, they talked about the substitution of doping tests to the Champions and medalists of the winter Olympic games 2014 in Sochi.
Olympics 2018 will be held in Pyeongchang (South Korea) from 9 to 25 February.
Presidential elections scheduled for March 18, 2018.
Putin suspected U.S. attempts to displease Russian athletes and sports fans on the eve of elections in Russia 09.11.2017