Ex-Moscow Lab Boss Reveals 3-drug Cocktail Of Banned Substances He Gave To Russians

Two of the first casualties of the WADA IC report: Lamine Diack, left, and Grigory Rodchenkov

The system in which FINA placed its faith for the anti-doping testing at the Moscow laboratory subsequently suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency continues to be exposed as fraudulent. Today, Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow lab, reveals the full extent of corrupt practice in an article in the New York Times, his cocktail of three banned substances a winner for cheats.

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Similar to the cover ups that have been going on in the USA for years!


gheko, you need get over the fact the state sponsored doping is currently endemic in Russia and stop making these uniformed, unfunded statements regarding cover-ups or doping in other clean countries.

If you were a true supporter of sport , you would be applauding this article and all bodies and individuals trying to end institutionalized doping instead of throwing out some arbitrary ill-informed comment.

It must be hard supporting a country in sport when one is never sure whether the medal was real or was achieved through cheating.


US athletes tested positive to steroids in 1999 but were allowed to compete – and win an Olympic gold medal – in the 2000 Sydney Games. US officials still refuse to divulge the name of the athlete, or those of 13 other athletes who had failed drug tests around the same time, citing privacy laws.

Craig Lord

Same for a number of nations, Gheko, Coni’s 2000 list controversially leaked and one of several projects under which athletes agreed obtuse part in trial tests on condition of anonymity. You’d have thought there would have been a clause to say ‘positive and you waive anonymity’ but no.


Was there anyone tested positive in 2015 Kazan Worlds?
If none, I can’t believe it.

Craig Lord

Aswimfan: FINA: “During the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, 645 samples were collected for analysis by the FINA Doping Control Review Board, led by Professor Andrew Pipe, as part of the in-competition testing programme. These comprised 457 urine and 188 blood tests. There were a further 418 blood screenings as part of the Athlete Biological Passport programme. These tests were analysed in the then-WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow, under the supervision of independent observers from the WADA-accredited laboratories in Barcelona and London.” and ” Every single sample collected during the World Championships has been transferred and stored in the WADA-accredited laboratory in Barcelona.” No positives to date. Retesting of samples possible and in some cases probable, I understand.

Jorge Abril

Barcelona? Oh là là… Spain: the Mecca of doping during the past decade: cycling, athletics… maybe swimming?

Craig Lord

Jorge, there is no evidence – concrete or otherwise – of any connection to swimming in that part of the world, as you know (one swimmer a global standout and has been since her early youth). And I know that some at the helm of swimming in Barcelona and thereabouts are distinctly anti-doping; that’s the stance and I see no reason to doubt it as things stand.


ASwimFan, I’m not shocked. The prime time to catch them is with out of competition tests since they can enhance training capacity then reap the benefits at the big meet when they are “clean.” If they’re actually doped up at the meet it’s probably a substance not on the banned list (eg Meldonium) or currently undetectable which is why stored samples and retests are critical.


A potential 31 athletes from six different sports could be kept out of this summer’s Olympic Games, due to drug positive samples from the 2008 Beijing Games. While the International Olympic Committee did not indicate specific names, the athletes are reported to come from 12 countries.

The IOC began retesting samples from the 2008 Games in order to make use of the most up to date technology. It is also retesting 250 samples from the 2012 London Games. Those retests were targeting those athletes with plans to compete in Rio. Athletes who will move into medal contention after these suspensions will also have their samples retested, reported the IOC.

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