The President of the Russian biathlon Union Alexander Kravtsov intends to sue the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of Gregory Rodchenkov. About this he said in comments to RBC.
«This is the European court of human rights. While we are less you think about words of Mr. Radchenkov. First you need to protect the athletes,» – said Kravtsov.
According to him, the claim on Rodchenkova can be filed for libel.
Rodchenkov, who now lives in the USA, in may 2016 admitted in substitution of test results that were taken from Russian athletes during the Olympic winter games in Sochi 2014.
It is known that Rodchenkova on the eve of the Olympic games in Sochi, the Deputy Minister of sports of Russia Yuri Nagornykh asked to spoil the doping test Ukrainian biathlete Vita Semerenko. But this was denied.
Basmanny court of Moscow of 21 September 2017 in absentia arrested Rodchenkova in the case of abuse of office. It was announced in the international wanted list.
On 8 November the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a new criminal case against Rodchenkova and former head of the Department of doping control Timofey Sobolevsky on suspicion of obstruction of preliminary investigation.
In November 2015, 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.
Because of the doping scandal, the national team of Russia on athletics was removed from the Olympic games in 2016. Also the Russian team at full strength is not allowed to the summer Paralympics.
14 Sep 2017 16 member countries of the Institute of national anti-doping organizations 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 head of the biathlon Union of Russia has threatened Rodchenkova court 04.12.2017