Meine Kollegen Martha Kelner und Nick Harris haben im Juli 2013 in der „Mail on Sunday“ erstmals über die großflächige russische Doping-Verschwörung berichtet. Sie hatten die Aussagen von einem Dutzend russischer Whistleblower zusammen getragen. Doch bis zur ersten ARD-Dokumentation im Dezember 2014 passierte: nichts. IAAF? Totenstille. WADA? Totenstille. IOC? Büro-Mikado. Ich hatte eigentlich vor, die Geschichte dieser Enthüllung selbst aufzuschreiben, nun ist mir Nick zuvor gekommen, umso besser. Hier sein Beitrag:
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was aware Russia ran a state-sponsored doping programme in which the head of that nation’s WADA-accredited lab was a central figure as long ago as the first week of July 2013.
I know this because I told them.
I told them on the phone and then I told them in writing.
They acknowledged this was new information to them and they asked for more, which was provided. This piece will include proof of that, in detail, in a moment.
The IOC then said they had ‘passed it on internally to the relevant people and we will get back to you as soon as we get a response.’
They never did get back to me. Apparently they did nothing at all with that information, some of which was utterly extraordinary. For example: we uncovered the fact that the head of the corrupted lab, Grigory Rodchenkov, had been arrested in 2011 for alleged involvement in a doping ring, along with his sister.
While in custody and terrified of shameful exposure, Rodchenkov made a grizzly suicide attempt and was committed by the Russian authorities to an asylum for more than two months.
>His performance-enhancing drug-dealing case was assigned to a secret court. Records of that case then ‘disappeared’. His sister was initially sent to prison, then released.
Rodchenkov was privately freed to go back to work at the Moscow lab to oversee the systematic doping corruption of major events including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
The IOC said they had no knowledge of Rodchenkov’s wrong-doing, arrest, asylum trauma or return to work for corrupt purposes when informed about it in July 2013 – or three years ago, in other words. But when they were given that information they chose to ignore it, apparently.
In doing so, they allowed the Sochi Olympics – the Olympics of which they are guardians – to be corrupted, despite further specific warnings in a series of national newspaper articles that Russia would corrupt the Sochi Games. The IOC let state-sponsored doping flourish.
Extremely belatedly, after two investigations by the world anti-doping agency (WADA) showed Russian state-sponsored doping to be a fact (something WADA were told about in 2012, and again in 2013, at the same time as the IAAF, the world governing body of athletics, details also to follow below), the IOC had a decision to make over whether to let tainted Russia take part part in second Olympics with the IOC’s full knowledge of the problem.
Yesterday the IOC said Russia was good to go, in effect. Fit for Rio. Despite a mountain of hard evidence about a long-standing, wide-ranging endemic doping problem across Russian sport, the IOC decided not to put a blanket ban on Russia at Rio 2016.
This is not an opinion piece.