Russian athletes call doping allegations ‘slanderous’

Friday May 13th, 2016

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Two Russian athletes called the doping allegations against them “slanderous,” reports the BBC.

According to the report, skier Alexander Legkov and bobsledder Alexander Zubkov say they are innocent, despite allegations that arose in The New York Times by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov that they, and other athletes, had used steroids for the Sochi Olympics.

“It is complete rubbish and we need to stop it,” said Legkov, who won gold and silver medals in Sochi. “I performed honestly. My Olympic victory was not accidental.”

Zubkov also denied the claims.

“It is all nonsense and slander directed at Russian sportsmen who took part in the Olympics,” said Zubkov, the winner of two gold medals in Sochi. “It is unacceptable."

• Report: How Russians doped, cheated at the Winter Olympics in Sochi

The IOC is investigating the claims.

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