: Reuters: Olympic doping allegations 'treacherous slander' - Kremlin

14:33 May. 13, 2016

Reuters: Olympic doping allegations 'treacherous slander' - Kremlin

Alexander Kornilov of Russia celebrates Gold in the Junior Men's Single Sculls during the Junior Rowing World Championships on August 9, 2003. (Getty Images)

Russian authorities state that 'doping scandal' is an intent to besmirch country's good name 

The Kremlin dismissed allegations that Russia had run a sophisticated doping program at the last winter Olympics as treacherous slander on Friday, calling the ex-head of the country's doping laboratory "a turncoat."

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Two Russian winter sportsmen named as cheats by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former lab chief who has since fled to the United States, also denied wrongdoing, saying the charges were part of a campaign to besmirch the name of Russian sport.

Russia, already battling to overturn a ban on its athletes taking part in this year's Rio summer Olympics, has been thrown on the defensive after a New York Times report cited Rodchenkov, the ex-head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory, as saying he ran a doping program at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics which included at least 15 medal winners.

The allegations complicate Russia's efforts to distance itself from previous accusations of state-sponsored doping made by an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission, pile pressure on Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, and are likely to make it harder for Moscow to overturn the Rio athletics ban.

'These allegations look absolutely groundless," a Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call on Friday. "They are not substantiated by any trustworthy data, they are not backed by any sort of documents. All this simply looks like slander by a turncoat.'

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The Kremlin had not changed its view of Mutko in light of the new accusations, Peskov said when asked. Mutko, who has been in his position since 2008, has called the allegations "nonsense".

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