Russian coach Sergey Epishin (Headphoto:  one of the rare pictures of him) told TASS on Monday, 23.Feb., he planned to file a lawsuit against Andrey Dmitriev, a track and field athlete in the center of a recent German documentary on doping abuse in sports, in case of an insult regarding the coach’s honor and dignity.

Germany’s ARD TV channel broadcast on Sunday an interview of Dmitriev with Hajo Seppelt, a journalist known for reports on high-profile doping scandals in Russian athletics. The Russian athlete claimed in particular that Epishin resorted to doping-based practices during his work and his athletes’ high results rested on the abuse of banned performance enhancing substances, TASS is writing.

“Firstly, I will have to wait for the exact translation of what was said in the documentary,” Epishin said in an interview with TASS. “If then I see that my honor and dignity suffered an insult, I will be seeking legal protection and will go to court against Dmitriev.”

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ARD and Seppelt’s (Photo over) series of Russian doping-abuse documentaries:

  • Part 1: entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), was released in December of 2014
    • and claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.
  • Part 2: On August 1, 2015, ARD released another documentary “Doping – Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics.”
    • The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations, which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.
    • ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.
  • Part 3: On March 6 2016, Seppelt premiered the third part of his documentaries, entitled “Doping Top Secret: Russia’s Red Herrings.”
    • In that episode he claimed that the Russian athletics authorities were not taking sufficient steps to clean the sports from doping.
  • Part 4: The fourth and the latest part of the German journalist’s documentaries on the allegedly widespread doping abuse in Russia was broadcast in June 8 2016 and was titled “Doping Secret: Showdown for Russia.”

The series of German documentaries prompted a reaction from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which ruled in early 2015 to set up an independent body to investigate the issue.

  • Part 5: “The protection racket” was broadcast on nov 27, 2016.
    • Research conducted by newspaper Le Monde and broadcaster ARD suggests that extortion (payment for “protection” from) have been employed in international athletics over a period of many years.
  • Part 6: And now the last part on 22. February 2017 called “Lies and Hypocrisy”.
    • Where a new whistleblower, Andrey Dmitriev (a Russian 1500 m runner) has documentation on video that several Russian Athletics coaches still was practicing coaching.
    • Among them Sergey Epishin, which is accused for  doping pushing to his athletes and therefor are ban by WADA, STILL is acting as a Athletics coach.
    • The same with, Vladimir Kazarin , this coach was suspended after doping accusations against him and his athletes emerged in an earlier Seppelt documentary. The World Anti-Doping Agency recoymmended that Kazarin be banned from sport for life.
    • Togeather with Sergey Epishin and Vladimir Kazarin there was two other people named in the interview by Dimitriev, whose names were “beeped out” by the ARD channel, of being involved in doping practices.

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The All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), which governs athletics in Russia, responded to the accusations, saying that if Vladimir Kazarin (Photo over) had coached someone, he had done so as a private citizen with no accreditation or funding from Russian authorities on any level.

“They did it at their own expense, and there is no law forbidding it now,” ARAF head Dmitry Shlyakhtin told R-Sport publication, adding “this situation has been more or less blown out of proportion by Dmitriev.”

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Photo: Russian Athletics Fed. President Dmitry Shlyakhtin Says They Will Check Claims From Latest ARD Documentary …

Source: MOSCOW, January 23. /TASS/ , rt.com , Hajo Seppelt and my self. 

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