RUSSIA DOPING SCANDAL REACHES UNDER-21 TEAM
MOSCOW — Players from Russia's under-21 national team had suspicious drug-test samples covered up, emails released by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation show.
The emails, released as part of WADA investigator Richard McLaren's report on Russian doping, state there were five suspicious samples in the Russian men's under-17 and under-21 national teams in 2013 and 2014.
Another case in the Russian league was allegedly covered up by then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also in charge of the country's World Cup preparations.
It has been a tough year for Russian soccer, which is trying to prepare to host the 2018 World Cup but has faced criticism over hooliganism involving fans at the European Championship and racism in the domestic game.
The doping cases in the Russian national teams were all recorded as clean by Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov after instructions from Sports Ministry employee Alexei Velikodny to "save" the players, McLaren's investigation found.
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