Russia's Investigative Committee Offers to Work With WADA on Rodchenkov Case

© AFP 2022 / Marc BRAIBANTPicture of the logo of World Anti-Doping Agency or Agence Mondiale Antidopage (WADA)taken on September 20, 2016 at the headquarter of the organisation in Montreal
Picture of the logo of World Anti-Doping Agency or Agence Mondiale Antidopage (WADA)taken on September 20, 2016 at the headquarter of the organisation in Montreal - Sputnik International
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Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Moscow-based Anti-Doping Centre, handed over documents allegedly proving the use of doping by Russian athletes to the commissions that are investigating the doping abuse in Russia.

The Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) has offered the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to jointly examine a file that the anti-doping agency considers is a database that the Moscow-based Anti-Doping Center used to keep samples of doping tests of Russian athletes in 2012-2015.

Svetlana Petrenko, RIC's official representative, said that WADA has said on its website it had obtained a file that contains information about the doping tests of Russian athletes in 2012-2015.

READ MORE: WADA Obtains Key Database With Russian Athletes' Doping Tests for 2012-2015

WADA informant Grigory Rodchenkov is currently under investigation in Russia over the abuse of power during his term as the director of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) in 2009-2013. According to the RIC, Rodchenkov gave doping to athletes disguised as vitamins.

Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (File) - Sputnik International
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In 2016, Rodchenkov told the New York Times that at least 15 Russian Olympic medal winners in Sochi were part of the Russia's "doping program" designed to make the Russian national team the overall winner of the 2014 Games.

The RIC has so far reported interim results of the investigation against Rodchenkov, indicating that there was no evidence of a doping program in Russia, and if there were any violations of the anti-doping rules, they were of an exclusively individual nature.

WADA in November 2015 issued a report accusing Russia of creating a state-sponsored doping system and suspended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The WADA Executive Committee will discuss the reinstatement of the  RUSADA at a meeting in Seoul in mid-November.

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