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Russian officials want whistleblower extradited

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The Olympic fate of some Russian athletes is up in the air after a whistleblower alerted officials to Russia’s alleged state-sponsored doping scheme during the Sochi games.

The former head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, claims technicians would swap tainted urine samples for clean ones leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Rodchenkov traveled to the United States to come clean in fear that he would be retaliated against, and possibly killed, if he made the allegations in Russia.

Russian officials are now asking for Rodchenkov to be extradited from the United States.

However, it’s unclear if the request will become a reality because the two countries don’t have an extradition treaty.

The International Olympic Committee is now retesting all Russian athletes’ samples from the Sochi games.

Two Russian competitors, Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov have been banned from the Olympic Games indefinitely following an IOC investigation related to the issue.

The committee will decide if other Russian athletes are ineligible to compete in the Pyeonchang Olympics during a board meeting next month.  

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