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Putin Insists FBI Is Drugging Former Head of Russia’s Anti-Doping Lab

Russian President Vladimir Putin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed – with no evidence – that the FBI is drugging the former head of Russia’s anti-doping lab so he’ll blow the whistle on a massive state-run doping program.

Putin said the former head of the lab, Grigory Rodchenkov, who is now in a witness-protection program in the U.S., is under the influence of some kind of drug to get him to cooperate with the investigation, Bloomberg reports.

The whistleblower led to Russia being barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“He’s working under the control of the American special services, what kind of substances are they giving him so he says what they need?” Putin said at his annual press conference on Thursday in Moscow.

Despite Putin’s claims, Rodchenkov has the backing of the International Olympic Committee, which said the whistleblowers’s accusations that Russia was doping its athletes are credible.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, Russia conspired to provide banned substances to about 1,000 athletes from 2011-15.

Justice Department Investigates State-Sponsored Doping by Russian Athletes

800px-Olympic_flag.svgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is investigating allegations of state-sponsored doping by dozens of Russia’s top athletes, the New York Times reports. 

Prosecutors are investigating Russian government officials, athletes and coaches for possible fraud and conspiracy charges.

In November, the World Anti-Doping Agency published a report that accused Russia of systematic state-sponsored doping.

A chemist, Grigory Rodchenkov, said he was Russian athletes used banned, performance-enhancing substance in global competitions.

The Russian Sports Ministry admitted in a state last week that there were doping problems.

Justice Department to Probe Professional Baseball Players for Synthetic Testosterone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Department of Justice is joining Major League Baseball in searching for the source of synthetic testosterone found on San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, the USA Today reports.

Helping steer the investigation is Jeff Novitzky, a criminal investigator for the Food and Drug Administration who led a separate probe of anabolic steroids about a decade ago.

Some predict the investigation could lead to big headlines as stars are revealed for using performance-enhancing drugs, the USA Today reported.

Cabrera received a 50-game suspension last week after testing positive for testosterone use.

“We can’t have bodyguards on these guys 24/7, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Sunday. “It comes down to choices. Unfortunately, I do think they get bad advice from other sources.”

Famed Cyclist Lance Armstrong Faces New Doping Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

World-renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong faces dope charges that could lead to him losing his seven Tour de Frances titles, the New York Times reports.

The 40-year-old athlete, who has been accused of doping for more than a decade, dismissed the charges as “a witch hunt.”

If convicted, the United States Anti-Doping Agency could impose a lifetime ban on any sports that are signatories of the quasi-governmental organization that oversees antidoping efforts primarily in Olympic sports.  The U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles recently dropped any efforts to try and criminally charge him.

Armstrong is accused of using the blood-booster EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and other masking agents.

Ex-Teammate Who Testified in Fed Grand Jury Says Lance Armstrong Took Banned Drugs


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The doping case involving Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong — the subject of a federal grand jury in Los Angeles — is heating up.

A former teammate of Armstrong’s Tyler Hamilton told 60 Minutes that the international cycling authorities helped the legendary Armstrong cover up a positive test for the banned drug EPO in 2001.

Hamilton, who has testified before the grand jury, also told 60 Minutes that he saw Armstrong take banned drug and that he finally told his own family about the illegalities that had been going on.

“Well, I just told my family for the first time four days ago about all this. It was brutal. Was the first time, really, I confided in them and then told them the whole story, you know, starting from the first time I doped till to up through the end,” Hamilton told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.

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