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Russia: Innocent athletes shouldn't suffer because of dopers - hurdler Chalyy02:01

Russia: Innocent athletes shouldn't suffer because of dopers - hurdler Chalyy

Russian Federation, Sochi
November 12, 2015 at 22:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian 400m hurdler Timofey Chalyy, said "the athletes that dope, they must be punished, but those who are innocent should not have to suffer," in reference to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that alleges widespread doping among Russia's athletes, in Sochi on Thursday.

"The dreams must not be taken away from people. The dreams, which they long for, work hard for, with sweat and blood," added the athlete.

Fellow 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova concurred, saying Russian athletes must "not pay attention to any rumours which have arisen around us and our Federation." Despite the furore Rudakova insisted the allegations have not affected "our training."

Former WADA chief Dick Pound led the 11-month investigation which alleges systematic doping cover-ups in Russia and recommends that Russia's track and field athletes be suspended by the upcoming Olympic Games. Mutko, responding to the allegations, branded WADA's recommendations a "far-fetched conjecture," accusing Pound of using "unverified sources."

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an internal investigation into allegations of doping among Russia's athletes, saying "the fight against doping in sport is still relevant and needs proper attention", during at a meeting with sports leaders in Sochi on Wednesday.

Russia: Innocent athletes shouldn't suffer because of dopers - hurdler Chalyy02:01
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Russian 400m hurdler Timofey Chalyy, said "the athletes that dope, they must be punished, but those who are innocent should not have to suffer," in reference to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that alleges widespread doping among Russia's athletes, in Sochi on Thursday.

"The dreams must not be taken away from people. The dreams, which they long for, work hard for, with sweat and blood," added the athlete.

Fellow 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova concurred, saying Russian athletes must "not pay attention to any rumours which have arisen around us and our Federation." Despite the furore Rudakova insisted the allegations have not affected "our training."

Former WADA chief Dick Pound led the 11-month investigation which alleges systematic doping cover-ups in Russia and recommends that Russia's track and field athletes be suspended by the upcoming Olympic Games. Mutko, responding to the allegations, branded WADA's recommendations a "far-fetched conjecture," accusing Pound of using "unverified sources."

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an internal investigation into allegations of doping among Russia's athletes, saying "the fight against doping in sport is still relevant and needs proper attention", during at a meeting with sports leaders in Sochi on Wednesday.

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