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Rio 2016: Russian drug cheats will still be at Olympics, say whistleblowers

Rio 2016: Russian drug cheats will still be at Olympics, say whistleblowers

Russian drug cheats will be competing at next month’s Olympic Games despite efforts to eradicate them, say the whistleblowers who highlighted the country’s state-sponsored doping. The International Olympic Committee has asked governing bodies to ban Russians either implicated in a recent report into doping, or previously sanctioned.

But former Russian Anti-Doping Agency official Vitaly Stepanov and his 800m runner wife Yuliya told BBC Sport: “There will be athletes who have used doping from Russia in Rio.” The pair were forced to flee Russia after their evidence put the country’s doping record under intense scrutiny but said they “feel safe” in their new home at a secret location.

“Unfortunately the reaction to our actions in our home country is not positive,” Vitaly said. “A lot of people in general and athletes as well hate us for what we did and we would not go back to Russia right now. There, we would feel unsafe.”(BBC,2016)


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