Grigory Rodchenkov, former boss of the Russian anti-doping agency, will soon release a book on his experience, but the best extracts have already been disclosed by the Mail on Sunday .
According to him, the USSR would have boycotted the Los Angeles Games in 1984 for fear of a state doping scandal. “I have knowingly defrauded the world anti-doping authorities for over ten years, both for the glory of Russian athletes and also to satisfy the sports bureaucrats determined to perpetuate Russia's sporting success,” he wrote. Rodchenkov, a refugee in the United States, is already at the origin of the revelations about Russian state doping, especially during the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Rodchenkov explains that doping was so widespread that it had become almost impossible to find clean urine and that it is this situation which is responsible for the failure of the Russians to come to the Olympic Games in 1984, beyond political considerations. “The Soviets planned to hide a doping control laboratory on board a ship in the Port of Los Angeles during the 1984 Olympics. (…) When Los Angeles did not allow our ship to enter the port was the last straw. The Politburo unplugged everything and boycotted the Olympics entirely. "
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