4 Russian gold-medal winners at the Sochi Olympics used performance-enhancing drugs, the whistleblowers who exposed systemic unfaithful because nation’s track program tell “60 Minutes” in an interview to air Sunday.
In the interview, an excerpt of which appears on CBS Evening News on Friday, VitalyStepanov says the former head of Russia’s drug-testing lab informed him he had a “Sochi List” of Russians who competed on performance-enhancing drugs, and 4 professional athletes on that list won gold medals.
Stepanov and his partner, 800-meter runner Yulia, exposed information about doping on the Russian track team that caused an examination that has actually put the group’s status in risk for the upcoming Summer Olympics. The group’s fate will be figured out next month at a conference of the sport’s governing body.
Athletes and others have actually required the investigation, undertaken by an independent commission designated by the World Anti-Doping Agency, to expand beyond track. Lead detective Dick Pound kept the initial probe centered on track, as was the investigation’s mandate. WADA leaders have said they would think about expanding the investigation if evidence requires it.
WADA representative Ben Nichols said company leaders “will view the (’60 Minutes’) program with interest” however won’t comment until they’ve seen the entire thing.
The WADA Foundation Board fulfills next week in Montreal; an update on the commission’s investigation and enhancements to WADA’s whistleblowing policy are on the agenda. Feel free to visit mahanyertl for more info