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Saturday 25 of June 2022

U.S. Opens Criminal Probe into Doping by Russian Athletes


The Russian national flag (R) and the Olympic flag are seen during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia, in which the host country is being investigated for a state-sponsored doping program,photo: Reuters/Jim Young
The Russian national flag (R) and the Olympic flag are seen during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia, in which the host country is being investigated for a state-sponsored doping program,photo: Reuters/Jim Young
World Anti-Doping Agency reports widespread state-sponsored doping in the host country of the 2012 Sochi Winter Games

Russian Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornyh and cross-country skier Alexander Legkov attend a news conference after rejecting claims that Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were part of a state-run doping program, in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russian Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornyh and cross-country skier Alexander Legkov rejected claims at a news conference that Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were part of a state-run doping program. Photo: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

NEW YORK — The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

The probe is being overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn and is examining Russian officials, athletes, coaches and anyone who benefited from the doping, the person said.

A spokeswoman for Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said the office cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

Prosecutors are believed to be pursuing conspiracy and fraud charges, according to the New York Times, which first reported the probe.

U.S. prosecutors have been permitted by courts to bring cases against foreigners living abroad if they can show a connection to the United States, such as the use of a U.S. bank.

A World Anti-Doping Agency report in November alleging widespread state-sponsored doping in Russia led to a ban on the country competing in international athletics competitions.

NATE RAYMOND