The NYT found out about a long-term reluctance WADA to investigate doping in Russia


World anti-doping Agency (WADA) for many years have not conducted an investigation into doping in Russia, but later was forced to spend it, writes The New York Times.

According to the publication, in 2012 the Agency received an email from a Russian thrower Daria Pishchalnikova, who for four months before she won the silver medal at the Olympics in London. She reported that took illegal drugs and that she has information about the systematic doping in the country.” She asked WADA to investigate these data, offering him cooperation.

However, the Agency does not initiate an investigation, the NYT notes, and sent a letter Pishchalnikova “officers of Russia in the field of sport — “the very people who, as she says, supervise doping system.” According to the newspaper, interviews with dozens of athletes and people working in the Olympic system, “showed that the global anti-doping controller did not cope with the problem of allegations of widespread corruption”.

Over the past few years, WADA had received many “warnings” about Russia, the newspaper writes. Some employees of the Agency to protect how it worked, getting information about doping in Russia. They refer, in particular, on the lack of obligation to investigate and the limited capacity and resources. Other staff and athletes, “expressed growing distrust of the leaders of the Agency and the concern that it shirked from the duty to provide” honest competition.

“WADA disseminates information about systematic doping in Russia as sensational news, but they are not”, — quotes the NYT Arne Ljungqvist, a former medical Commissioner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association of athletics federations (IAAF). “All we knew about the Russians,” he said. As the NYT reminds, before the games in Beijing 2008, seven Russian athletes were suspended for tampering with a urine test. A year later, from participation in the world Cup for doping was suspended the world champion in biathlon Ekaterina Iourieva.

Ljungquist, who was Vice-President of WADA from 2008 to 2013, told the newspaper that he “has repeatedly expressed concern about Russia”. However, each time the Agency “won the conflict of interest and the issue was postponed due to the fact that she was “too politically infected”.

Then, according to the NYT, in 2011 there was “new evidence” — the scientific work of the six experts in the field of doping, in which reference was made to the country “A”. She, as mentioned in the document, “had more number of suspicious samples. According to the newspaper, which refers to the author of the report, country “A” was Russia.

In addition, the publication refers to the former employee of the Russian anti-doping laboratory RUSADA Vitali Stepanov, who has previously been told about doping in Russian sports. He said that in 2010, met with representatives of WADA and secretly began to expose Russia”. However, the first reaction of the Agency, he said, was: “What can we do?” Subsequently, Stepanov sent about 200 emails to WADA, telling all that he knows. “I worked in the Russian anti-doping Agency, which helped athletes to use prohibited substances. I wrote WADA everything I know but nothing has happened,” he said, adding that in many cases, the answer was: “Your message received”.

WADA did not know how to respond to the allegations Stepanova. In the end, the Agency’s Director General David Howman hired one of the best investigators in the field of doping from the United States Jack Roberts. The one in particular several times met with Stepanov. However, the investigation against Russia was again frozen after the change of President WADA (it was Craig of riddi) in 2014, said several employees of the Agency. At the same time, Russia has made a “surprise move” — has started to give WADA “additional contributions,” the newspaper said.

Robertson, meanwhile, “needed help”, “more staff and money to investigate”. However, they did not receive. “Grumpy” as he told the newspaper several people in the organization, he “pressed on WADA” — passed the information to a German journalist, Hyo Seppelt, which in 2014 released a movie about the Russian doping on the channel ARD.

First of riddi urged employees of WADA “to stand aside and see” whether the subject be distributed to the media, said several people in the Agency. However, the film was followed by reaction of the representatives of the anti-doping community, which demanded that the WADA investigation. In particular, in December 2014 at the WADA, insisting on the investigation, wrote to the Director General of the anti-doping Agency Travis Tygart.

A few days later, the world Agency was forced to begin an independent investigation. To do this, WADA had hired a private company 5 Stones. The results of the investigation were published in November 2015. Then Russia — the report — was accused of doping, which is supported by the government. However, not all, as the NYT notes, it was told: in particular, were not mentioned in the document on letter Pishchalnikova and how did him WADA.