His wife Yuliya Stepanova (former Yuliya Rusanova), a world-class 800-metre runner, currently suspended because of doping, accuses the Russian sports system of only having achieved many of its successes through large-scale fraud: "That is hammered into the coaches and the coaches hammer it into the athletes. The athletes, therefore, do not think when they are taking banned drugs that they are doing something wrong".
In order to prove the allegations, Yuliya Stepanova has secretly made numerous audio and video recordings at her own risk and made these files available to the ARD. Thus, the recordings prove the involvement of coaches as well as physicians in the drug procurement system or the cover-up of positive doping tests. No one of them responded to inquiries from the ARD.
The President of the Russian Athletics Federation, Valentin Balakhnichev, also left questions from the ARD unanswered and in an interview situation avoided any possible confrontation. Whereby according to research by the ARD-Doping Editorial Group, he was personally probably even involved in the arguably biggest corruption case in the history of athletics. According to her own evidence in the ARD documentary, Liliya Shobukhova, one of the world's best marathon runners, bought herself the right to participate at the 2012 London Olympics in return for a payment of 450,000 Euros to Russian officials, apparently to ensure that her extremely noticeable blood levels would not been sanctioned at that time.
In a cell phone-video passed on to the ARD-Doping Editorial Group, the 800-metre Olympic champion from London 2012, Mariya Savinova, talks about her doping practices, for example, the taking of the banned anabolic agent oxandrolone. Savinova did also not respond to inquiries from the ARD.
The World Anti-Doping Agency is shocked in view of the available concrete and circumstantial evidence. WADA Director-General David Howman said, "Well, the combination of all is terribly shocking. Individual components are disappointing. When you combine everything and you look at the facts of this documentation and oft the other things, that I have heard and seen, of course it is shocking."
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