Russian coach Kazarin to sue over TV doping claims

Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:37am EST
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By Dimitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Kazarin, the coach at the center of a German TV documentary which made claims of widespread doping in Russian sport, says he is suing the program maker Hajo Seppelt.

Kazarin is also filing lawsuits against Russian middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova and her husband Vitaly Stepanov, a former Russian Anti-Doping Agency official whose claims were at the center of the program's claims.

Stepanova, a former 800 meters world championship finalist under her maiden name Rusanova, is currently serving a two-year doping ban.

She and her husband have now gone into hiding after making claims of widespread and systematic doping, cover-ups and payoffs, particularly in athletics, all of which were denied by Russian officials.

"Together with the Russian athletics federation, we will be filing law suits against Yulia Stepanova, her husband Vitaly as well as against the director of the film Hajo Seppelt," the 62-year-old Kazarin told Reuters in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

"This documentary came about due to clever editing. I did not give anyone banned substances.

"It is a really strange situation: Yulia was disqualified for doping offences and at the same time says she wants the sport to be clean," he added.

Kazarin will fly to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with his lawyers.   Continued...