: RFE/RL: World anti-doping body to probe new charges against Russia

09:13 May. 10, 2016

RFE/RL: World anti-doping body to probe new charges against Russia

Olympic rings installed at a pier of the port of the Black Sea resort of Sochi at sunset, Russia, Nov. 12, 2015 (AP Photo)

New allegations regarding Russian doping in sport are revealed - WADA spokesman

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is looking into new charges that four of Russia's gold-medal winners at the Sochi Olympics used steroids.

The latest allegations against Russian athletes were made by whistle-blower Vitaly Stepanov, a former Russian anti-doping official, in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview on May 8.

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WADA spokesman Ben Nichols told the Associated Press on May 9 that the CBS program "revealed new and very disturbing allegations regarding Russian doping in sport. We will look into these without delay."

Russia won 13 gold medals at the Sochi Olympics. CBS did not reveal the names of the alleged drug cheats.

Previous allegations by Stepanov led to a WADA investigation that found systematic, state-sponsored doping in Russia's athletics program, and it was banned indefinitely from international competition. Full story 

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