The World Anti-Doping Agency has registered 400 cases after a flood of information from new whistleblowers, and added on Friday it supports a U.S. assessment that a 2016 hack of the agency was perpetrated by the Russian state.
The head of WADA's investigations unit, Guenter Younger, said the agency has been approached by numerous whistleblowers in the wake of Russian doping scandals, which were sparked by insiders revealing widespread doping and cover-ups.
Younger said he was "overwhelmed" with information after WADA opened a whistleblower hotline in March 2017.
"More and more whistleblowers come and they say, `Now we are happy that we have someone that we can talk to,"' said Younger, a German policeman who investigated Russian doping cases for WADA and later took charge of its investigation unit permanently. "I thought perhaps a few, but we have so many. We have 400 cases registered."
The Russian Investigative Committee has sent documents to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). According to these papers Grigory Rodchenkov’s alleged ‘sample-swapping’ scheme could not have taken place in Sochi. Investigators say they have collected enough evidence to refute Rodchenkov’s accusations of alleged doping violations in Russia, including sample-tampering at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Swiss company Berlinger Special AG, affiliated to WADA, has withdrawn from the doping control business. The move follows reports of the possible cracking of frozen bottles. “The Board of Directors of Berlinger Special AG has resolved that the company will cease production of its doping control kits in the medium term,” the company said on Friday. In a separate statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said that Berlinger is withdrawing from the doping control business “with immediate effect.”
From the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Washington has been playing a dangerous game of intrigue and deception with regard to steering these organizations in a pro-American direction. The Obama administration has decided that the halls, offices, and conference rooms of international organizations are acceptable battlefields to wage propaganda and sanctions wars.
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