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first_imgIn order to evade doping tests, Russian officials took clean urine from athletes months before the Sochi Olympics, and used soda containers and baby bottles passed through a hole in the wall of a testing lab to ensure their athletes tested clean, the former head of Russian’s anti-doping laboratory told The New York Times.Grigory Rodchenkov now in California and working with a filmmaker on a documentary gave the newspaper details of the elaborate scheme, which he said involved dozens of Russian athletes and officials and replaced tainted samples for at least three gold medalists.The International Olympic Committee called Thursday’s report “very worrying,” saying Olympic officials would work with the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate.Russia’s track team is currently banned from international competition over doping allegations, and the sport’s governing body will decide next month whether the team should be allowed to compete in Rio.Rodchenkov’s details add more evidence that the Russian government was deeply involved in attempts to cheat and cover up the doping.He told the newspaper he was ordered to replace athletes’ tainted samples with clean urine so that they would not fail drug tests. At night, when the laboratory in Sochi was not under observation, he said he passed tainted samples through a concealed hole in the wall to a man he believed to be an employee of the Russian security services.The supposedly tamper-proof bottles were allegedly opened, filled with clean urine supplied by the athletes months before, and replaced. Samples are supposed to be anonymous during testing, but Rodchenkov said that athletes took pictures of their doping forms so that the containers could be identified later.The operation worked “like a Swiss watch,” Rodchenkov told the newspaper.The newspaper named three Russian athletes who won four gold medals in Sochi, saying their names were listed on a spreadsheet of cheaters Rodchenkov provided. The spreadsheet was not published and The Associated Press could not verify it.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko defended the Russian athletes.“They are outstanding athletes and the accusations are absurd,” Mutko told the state Tass news agency. “The accusations against them are absolutely groundless. We will study this article and will decide how to react.”Rodchenkov also claimed he provided some athletes with a cocktail of steroids mixed with liquor, using Scotch whisky for men and vermouth for women.“These allegations are very detailed and very worrying and we ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate immediately,” the IOC said in a statement. “Based on the findings of a WADA inquiry the IOC will not hesitate to act with is usual policy of zero tolerance for doping and defending the clean athletes.”The IOC’s medical director Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press earlier Thursday , prior to the publication of the story, that the IOC was considering retesting samples from the Sochi Olympics. But according to Rodchenkov, the tainted urine was flushed down the toilet after it was replaced.After a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused Rodchenkov of a role in a separate doping cover-up in track and field in a report published in November, he resigned and moved to the US Documentary filmmaker Bryan Fogel arranged his interviews with the newspaper.Calls to two numbers for Rodchenkov were not answered Thursday.Two former executives from the Russian national anti-doping agency, Nikita Kamayev and Vyacheslav Sinev, died within the space of two weeks in February. The agency said the 52-year-old Kamayev had died of a heart attack after skiing, and did not elaborate on the cause of death for Sinev, 58. The agency had been accused by WADA in November of covering up doping.On Wednesday, Mutko had told Tass that Russian sports were under an “information attack” from Western media, without explicitly referring to a specific story. “Actually there is nothing to back all of this up. No facts,” he said.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgDue to popular demand, Palate Fest returns with a special treat to tide you over until the next autumn fest. Palate ‘Mini’- cozier and more compact, gives you a chance to experience a taste of Palate Fest in a more intimate way.Aditi Kapoor and Ruchi Sibal, in association with NDMC, kick start this spring with Palate Mini 2015 – Delhi’s most delicious weekend.The festival will feature some of Delhi’s most upcoming and popular eateries whipping up some lip-smacking preparations, along with a food market for gourmet products.Highlights of the festival will be over 15 leading cafes participating in the fest. Market Square with 30 ‘Shoplets’ for Indian and International gourmet products and ingredients and live entertainment all three days will keep the visitors spellbound.Come and witness the Delhi’s Most Delicious Spring weekend!Where: Nehru Park, When: March 13 – 15 Timing: 1 PM till 11 PMlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembered mountaineer Chhanda Gayen, the first civilian woman from the state to summit Mt Everest, on her birth anniversary. Describing the mountaineer as “brave”, the chief minister said that her courage may become an inspiration for everybody. “Fondly remembering the brave mountaineer Chhanda Gayen on her birth anniversary. In her memory, the Bengal Government has instituted the Chhanda Gayen Bravery Award for successful mountaineers. May her courage inspire us all,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this morning. Chhanda Gayen, who had scaled Mt Everest in 2013, went missing along with two sherpas in an avalanche while descending the western side of Mt Kanchenjunga, also known as Mt Yulan Kang, in Nepal in 2014. She was declared missing/dead after rescuers failed to spot her and the three accompanying sherpas. On her honour, the Mamata Banerjee government introduced the ‘Chhanda Gayen Bravery Award’ for women for their outstanding achievement in the field of adventure.last_img read more