Russians want to interrogate British boss of anti-doping agency that banned their athletes

Russia's Investigative Committee is seeking to question Britain's Sir Craig Reedie, president of WADA

Russia’s Investigative Committee is seeking to question Britain’s Sir Craig Reedie, president of WADA

Sabre-rattling Russian officials have demanded a top British sports boss should face ‘interrogation’ after more than a hundred of the country’s Olympians and the entire Paralympic team were banned from the Rio Games after a doping scandal.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said it wants to question officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency over the destruction of test samples of its athletes, including many who were accused of cheating.

The body, headed by a former classmate of Vladimir Putin, is seeking to quiz Britain’s Sir Craig Reedie, president of WADA, and its independent expert Richard McLaren, a Canadian.

More than one hundred Russian athletes were barred from competing in the Games after the International Olympic Committee deferred the decision on banning doping-scandal competitors to international sports federations.

The International Paralympic Committee, led by British former athlete Sir Philip Craven, went further and unanimously voted for a blanket ban to disqualify the entire Russian team from competing in Rio this September.

Russia came in fourth position with just 19 gold medals, compared to Great Britain’s 27 top gongs at the Olympics. 

A bombshell report by a WADA independent commission said Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory, had admitted to ‘intentionally destroying’ 1,417 test samples ahead of an audit.

The body, headed by a former classmate of Vladimir Putin, is also trying to quiz WADA's independent expert Richard McLaren (pictured), a Canadian

The body, headed by a former classmate of Vladimir Putin, is also trying to quiz WADA’s independent expert Richard McLaren (pictured), a Canadian

Rodchenkov fled to the United States before revealing the involvement of the FSB secret service in a state-sponsored campaign to allow top Russian athletes to evade anti-doping controls. 

But now the Investigative Committee says it has ‘reason to believe that he could have been ordered to destroy the samples from someone in the leadership of the World Anti-Doping Agency’.

A statement said ‘this version will be considered along with the others. 

‘This version is supported by the fact that we still have yet to be presented with concrete evidence of doping among Russian athletes.’ 

The International Paralympic Committee, led by British former athlete Sir Philip Craven (right), went further and unanimously voted for a blanket ban to disqualify the entire Russian team from competing in Rio this September

The International Paralympic Committee, led by British former athlete Sir Philip Craven (right), went further and unanimously voted for a blanket ban to disqualify the entire Russian team from competing in Rio this September

A bombshell report by a WADA independent commission said Grigory Rodchenkov (pictured), the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, had admitted to 'intentionally destroying' 1,417 test samples ahead of an audit

A bombshell report by a WADA independent commission said Grigory Rodchenkov (pictured), the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory, had admitted to ‘intentionally destroying’ 1,417 test samples ahead of an audit

‘The appropriate request will be forwarded to the competent authorities of the foreign countries,’ said a spokesman.

The committee has launched a criminal probe into Rodchenkov’s actions, and it is as part of this that investigators have targeted Sir Craig and Mr McLaren.

A senior Russian MP also demanded that Russia should impose ‘sanctions’ on top WADA officials if there is proof they ordered the destruction of doping samples.

‘I would recommend our country to launch sanctions against certain WADA officials who are acting in support of the USA and are making such abusive for our sportsmen decisions,’ said Shamsail Saraliev.

He accused WADA of colluding with Western countries in a ‘stab in the back’ for Russia.

‘They should be put on special sanctions list so we can detain and interrogate them in the future if they are within our territory one day,’ said Saraliev. 

A senior Russian MP also demanded that Russia should impose 'sanctions' on top WADA officials if there is proof they ordered the destruction of doping samples

A senior Russian MP also demanded that Russia should impose ‘sanctions’ on top WADA officials if there is proof they ordered the destruction of doping samples

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