Germany: Lawyer claims IOC hid evidence of Russian athletes' innocence before 2018 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) «violated the procedural rights of the athletes and even withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense and the court» before Pyeongchang Winter Games 2018, according to the lawyer representing Russian skiers Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov, in a statement published on Saturday. According to Wieschemann, there was no factual evidence for allegations... Еще made by the doping whistleblower and former head of Russia's anti-doping agency Grigoriy Rodchenkov. In an interview filmed in Berlin shortly after the release of the statement, Wieschemann explained that the doping samples of Legkov proved to be negative and no proof was established regarding alleged manipulations of his doping sample containers. «So if Prof [Richard] McLaren, the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] and the IOC would have disclosed these facts, which were in their possession from the very beginning in the regular procedure, it would have been very evident since the publication of the second McLaren report on December 2016 that most of the athletes mentioned in the so-called 'Duchess List' are innocent,» he said. Wieschemann made these remarks, after Sochi Winter Games cross country champion Alexander Legkov, who had been disqualified from the Pyeongchang Winter Games last February, was fully cleared of all doping allegations, as the Swiss Federal Tribunal's rejected the IOC appeal against a CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) ruling, which overturned his suspension from the Olympics. On 1 February 2018, CAS upheld 28 appeals by Russian athletes and confirmed only 11 of the IOC decisions taken against Russian athletes who had participated in the Sochi Winter Games.

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