Kremlin dismissed claims of Putin ordered a state-sponsored doping programme

Vastavam web: The Kremlin today dismissed claims by Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov that President Vladimir Putin ordered a state-sponsored doping programme, calling them baseless “slander.” “This is yet more slander which doesn’t have a single piece of evidence to support it,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists following allegations made by Rodchenkov to German public broadcaster ARD.”Of course it came all the way from the top, from the president,” Rodchenkov claimed. “Because only the president can deploy the domestic secret service FSB for such a special task.”

Rodchenkov is the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory who fled to the United States in 2016 following the sudden death of two senior officials from Russia’s anti-doping agency. He is now wanted in Russia and Peskov painted him as an “odious” criminal.”There is lack of readiness and willingness to use any other sources to confirm this information,” Peskov said of the German report.Russia has been banned from taking part at the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics although individual athletes who prove themselves to be clean can compete under strict conditions and under a neutral flag.

Russia was suspended in August 2016 following revelations of widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in a report by Richard McLaren on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).