South Korea mulls joining Sochi skeleton boycott

By Nataly Pak SEOUL, Dec 13 : South Korea, host nation of the next Winter Olympics, is considering pulling out of next year’s bobsleigh and skeleton world championships in Sochi after Latvia decided to boycott the event in protest at Russian doping. Skeleton Latvia said on Monday it would be boycotting the Feb. 13-26 event […]

Doping scandal rocks Russian sport but Putin’s ratings look safe

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Jul 22 : Having your athletes barred from the Olympics because your government stands accused of systematically covering up doping would trigger a political firestorm in many countries, hurting the standing of the person at the top. But in Russia, months away from parliamentary elections at a time of economic crisis, […]

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

By Denis Pinchuk and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Jul 21 : President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The reason: Mutko has delivered victories […]

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

By Denis Pinchuk and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Jul 21 : President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The reason: Mutko has delivered victories […]

Russia questions WADA doping report, but pledges cooperation

By Dmitry Solovyov MOSCOW, Jun 16 : Russia today called into question the veracity of a new report by the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA which accused Russian athletes of still doping, but it promised to facilitate the agency’s work.Russia is bracing itself for a decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF tomorrow which […]

Sochi doping allegations could show unprecedented criminality

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, May 18 : Allegations of Russian doping at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics would represent a shocking new dimension and an “unprecedented level of criminality”, if proven to be true, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said today. Russia is at the heart of the biggest doping scandal in sport, with […]