Russian doping: IOC accused of ‘cowardice’ over Rodchenkov

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been accused of “cowardice” for failing to help a former Russian anti-doping official turned whistleblower.

Grigory Rodchenkov, whose revelations of state-sponsored cheating led to the country’s ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics, fled to the US two years ago and remains in hiding.

But his lawyer – Jim Walden – has now accused Russia of “stepping up its retaliation” by secretly lobbying for his extradition.

“If they succeeded, Dr Rodchenkov would face death and torture at their hands,” he warned.

Walden said the IOC had “refused to lift a finger to help him”, and suggested threats to his client’s safety may force him to stop providing evidence to the authorities.

The IOC said it “categorically denies” Walden’s claim that it had refused to help, stressing it had sought special protection for Rodchenko as a whistleblower – though pointed out “it is not in its powers to protect witnesses”. (BBC)

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