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Winter Olympics: Doping shadow falls again on past offender Russia

Published on Feb 6, 2014 11:16 PM

SOCHI (AFP) - Russia goes into the Winter Olympic Games facing renewed scrutiny of its record on doping, despite years of efforts aimed at shedding its reputation as one of the worst drug offenders in sport.

The nightmare of many Russian sports officials came true in the days leading up to the Olympics when one of the potential female Russian stars of the Sochi Games, biathlete Irina Starykh, withdrew after an 'A' sample tested positive.

She is now waiting the 'B' sample result.

Meanwhile, Germany's WDR television broadcast an investigative report alleging its reporters had been offered a new muscle growth substance called "Full Size MGF" by Russian researchers in Moscow.

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