Russian athlete who told about doping seeks for asylum in Canada


Runner Yulia Stepanova who told German broadcaster ARD about evidence of doping use by Russian athletes has asked for political asylum in Canada.

This was reported by a member of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs Igor Ananskikh in his interview to RIA “Novosti”. In his opinion, the actions of Stepanova are “the evidence of a planned campaign” to discredit Russian athletes.

“This all proves a subjective approach of the World Anti-Doping Association,” – added Ananskikh.

In December 2014, the German channel ARD TV aired a documentary that showed the widespread use of doping among Russian athletes.

Yulia Stepanova and her husband – a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Vitaly Stepanov, were among the main figures of the film. Stepanova, who in January 2013 was disqualified for two years for doping rule violation, spoke about the use of doping by Russian athletes.