14:54 GMT18 January 2021
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    Claims of former director the Russian antidoping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov regarding Russian athletes’ doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics could be nothing but the setting of personal accounts, a representative of the Russian Sports Ministry told R-Sport.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The also added that they need to be supported by factual evidence.

    On Thursday, US media reported, citing then-director of the Russian antidoping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, that dozens of Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including at least 15 medal winners and the entire women’s hockey team, were doping throughout the Games.

    "Everything voiced by the former director of the laboratory is shocking indeed. However, given that he was relieved of his post precisely for probe manipulation, all of what he said may be nothing but the settling of personal accounts," the Russian Sports Ministry representative said.

    According to the Sports Ministry, Russia has already proven its commitment to the fight against doping by having invited foreign experts to be responsible for doping control in the country.

    "We have nothing to hide and we will continue this work," the ministry representative said.


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