MOSCOW, December 21 (RAPSI) – Investigators have offered the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) cooperation in examining information on doping test results of Russian athletes provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Investigative Committee has announced on its website.
According to media reports, WADA furnished FIFA with information from the Anti-Doping Center laboratory system’s database on doping test results of Russian athletes. Russia has forwarded a proposal for cooperation in studying this information in order to conduct impartial and omnibus investigation into the issue, the statement reads.
Previously, an offer for cooperation in a criminal case on abuse of power and destruction of doping test results by the Moscow anti-doping laboratory’s ex-chief Gregory Rodchenkov has been submitted to WADA.
WADA has announced on its website that the organization has an electronic database of the Anti-Doping Center laboratory information system containing information on athletes’ tests from 2012 to 2015 at its disposal. Russia proposed cooperation in the base’s analysis, the Investigative Committee announced earlier.
On November 8, investigators said that they would seek extradition of Rodchenkov from the United States. Investigators believe that he was unlawfully selling prohibited medicines and deliberately destroyed doping test results of Russian athletes. He also induced athletes to use banned medicines, while he was to fight against doping, according to the Investigative Committee.
Several athletes and coaches have already testified against Rodchenkov. They said that Rodchenkov himself was distributing substances of unknown purpose, later revealed as doping, investigators said earlier.
Also, investigators allege that Rodchenkov, who resides in the U.S. at the moment, and ex-head of doping control department Timofey Sobolevsky repeatedly tried to bribe head of the Anti-Doping Center Maria Dikunets into transferring them a database of athletes’ tests in exchange for money and asylum or citizenship of the United States or Canada.
In May 2016, The New York Times published an article citing Rodchenkov, who maintained that at least 15 Russian athletes winning gold medals in Sochi were involved in a Russian “doping program” aimed to dominate its home Olympics. Later, Professor Richard McLaren from Canada, appointed by WADA to head an investigative team to determine the facts with respect to allegations made by Rodchenkov, presented two reports accusing Russian athletes and officials of involvement in doping use and manipulations to conceal positive doping tests.