The international Olympic Committee (IOC) suspects two-time medalist of the 2010 Games in Vancouver skater Ivan Skobrev in doping narushenia. The former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov mentioned Skobrev in its list of “the Duchess.” Wednesday, December 20, the athlete was present at the meeting of the IOC under the leadership of Denis Oswald in Lausanne.
“I attended the meeting remotely via video calls, listened carefully to the allegations by the IOC. Personally, I did not understand why me and another member of speed skating Artem Kuznetsov contributed to this list. Because no scratches, no changes in the composition of our samples is not. The only thing that showed me that I was included the Lord of Rodchenkova in the so-called “list of the Duchess.” Myself, I can say that no doping programmes was not involved and took no illegal drugs . Hope in the wisdom of the IOC and those of the authorities who will make the decision”, — quotes TASS Skobrev.
Earlier The New York Times published excerpts from the diaries Rodchenkova, describing a meeting with the then sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, his former Deputy Yury Nagornykh and Irina Rodionova, a former Director of the center of sports preparation of national teams of Russia. The records talked about creating a doping cocktail “Duchess” — three anabolic steroids and vermouth; collection and transport of “hundreds of ounces of pure urine, athletes for months collected in jars”. According to the publication, excerpts from the diaries can be a cause for suspension of Russia from the next Olympics. The IOC believes that they are genuine and can contribute to decisions on sanctions for doping.