× Sports Football Rugby Olympics Volleyball and Handball Cricket Boxing Golf Hockey Tennis Gossip & Rumours World Cup 2018 Basketball Athletics Sports Premier League Eliud Kipchoge Women in Sports Unique Sports Opinion Motorsport Videos Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×
SPORTS

Kremlin to defend athletes against doping allegations, keep IOC ties

ATHLETICS By Reuters | December 5th 2017
Russia's Silver medalists Olga Zaitseva, Yana Romanova, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina (L-R) pose on the podium during the victory in Sochi 2014 Olympic

Russia will defend its athletes against doping allegations and work to preserve its ties with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

The IOC is set to decide later on Tuesday on the level of Russia’s participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as calls to ban the country over suspected state-sponsored doping grow louder.

“We intend to defend the interests of our athletes, of the Russian Federation, to remain committed to the ideals of Olympism and preserve all ties with the IOC, and through these ties the problems that have arisen will be resolved,” Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Peskov said on Monday that Russia was not planning to boycott the Olympics if the IOC imposed restrictions on the country’s participation.

More than 20 athletes have been banned for life from the Olympics in the past weeks over alleged doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The bans came as a result of an IOC investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.

The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with international sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

Russia’s Paralympic Committee, athletics federation and anti-doping agency RUSADA remain suspended over doping scandals.

 

Share this story
Chelsea squad vs Atletico Madrid leaked ahead of Champions League tie
Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte will embark on a campaign to get his side to qualify by topping group C as they seek to consolidate their grip on ‘simpler tie’ in round 16.
Opening Ceremony: Kenya takes her pride of place as 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games begin
Team Kenya Paralympics strolled majestically into the Tokyo Olympic Stadium led by captain Rodgers Kiprop and Powerlifter Hellen Wawira for the Openin
.
RECOMMENDED NEWS
Feedback