Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova has competed in Boston.
Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova has competed in Boston. Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Once dopers, always dopers, says Russian whistleblower

ATHLETICS: Russian whistle-blower Yulia Stepanova doubts her country has changed its attitude towards the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Stepanova and husband Vitaly exposed the widespread doping problem in Russia to German media in 2014 which led to the country's athletics team being banned from international competition, including last year's Olympic Games in Rio.

Speaking to Reuters at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix - her first international indoor competition in two years - Stepanova said "A lot of coaches in Russia were athletes themselves, and they were coached in the USSR system. It's hard for them to believe that there's another way to do it."

Stepanova said she felt safe in the US "because I know I am physically very far from Russia".

"I thought the attitude in Russia would change," she said. "That I was trying to help the sport, that I was trying to help the athletes, but unfortunately that is still not the case."

News Corp Australia


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