Gregory Radchenkove: Mikhail Serbin / RIA Novosti
On the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is raising funds in support of the informant’s world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Gregory Rodchenkov.
The initiators of the campaign were made by members FairSport organization, which provides assistance to confidential sources, revealing cases of doping. For six months they managed to collect 29971 dollar from the requested 500 thousand. The largest donation was made by the user Taylor crandall, three months ago, gave five thousand dollars.
The organizers of the crowdfunding write that Rodchenkov actually “funny, smart and brave”, despite the fact that led the Russian system of concealment of positive doping tests. “After fleeing the US, he needs not only protection, but also in the team that will support him during the investigations and provide all necessary immigration, while he fights fraud and corruption”, — stated in the description.
On 30 January in an interview with German TV channel ARD Grigory Rodchenkov said that he was not ashamed of his belongings. “I told people the truth. Russia is a country where there is no longer shame and morality. I’m ashamed to be Russian”, — he added. The scientist explained that the national system of banned substances originated in 1980 and since then has only progressed.
Rodchenkov moved to the United States in the winter of 2016, and in may of the same year gave an interview to The New York Times in which he accused the Russian winners and medalists of the 2014 Olympics in the use of illegal drugs and told them about the alleged Russian state system of doping. After that he became an informant to WADA.
His accusations led to the beginning of the investigation, which resulted in several of the Russian Olympic and Paralympic athletes all missed Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the international Olympic Committee has suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympics in Pyeongchang.
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