Russian doping mastermind benefited from London 2012 drugs ‘preview’

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The mastermind behind the Russian doping programme has revealed that he was able to corrupt the London 2012 Olympics only because he was invited to Britain by organisers and shown how they planned to catch cheats.

Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory from 2005 to 2015, has admitted that without this knowledge the Russian doping situation would have “collapsed” long before he fled the country two years ago.

“You can imagine how important the information from the London laboratory is for the Russian national team,” he says in the forthcoming film, Icarus. “I had information of what this laboratory was doing to understand where we are – and how much is danger. Without this, all Russian doping situation will be collapsed.”

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