Whistleblower: Four gold medalists used steroids in Sochi Olympics

Whistleblower: Four gold medalists used steroids in Sochi Olympics

A Russian whistleblower says at least four Russian gold medalists were using steroids during the Sochi Olympics.

The whistelblower, Vitaly Stepanov, made the accusations in an interview with 60 Minutes’s Arem Keteyian. Stepanov is a former official with the Russian Anti-Doping agency, and currently lives in the United States for fear of retribution.

Stepanov learned of the doping through conversations with another Russian exile, Grigory Rodchenkov, who used to run Russian drug-testing labs. Rodchenkov allegedly told Stepanov that Russian Intelligence Officers helped Russia cheat at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and the country kept a list of who competed while using steroids, with four of those athletes winning gold medals.

“It’s a stunning revelation,” Travis Tygart, head of the United States Anti Doping Agency, told CBS.  “And if true, it’s a devastating blow to the Olympic values.”

The report could lead the International Association of Athletics Federations to look into whether Russia’s Track and Field team will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio.

http://olympics.si.com/olympics/2016/05/06/olympics-russian-gold-medalists-steroids-sochi

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