Athletics: Russia's ex-doping chief who died suddenly was due to expose true story: Report

Former head of Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) Nikita Kamayev.
Former head of Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) Nikita Kamayev. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Nikita Kamayev, former head of Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada), approached the Sunday Times before his death, offering to expose the country's secret development of performance-enhancing drugs, the British newspaper has reported.

Ten weeks before he died, Kamayev said he wanted to write a book that would reveal the complete extent of doping in Russia, the Sunday Times said in a front-page article.

"I want to write a book about the true story of sport pharmacology and doping in Russia since 1987 while being a young scientist working in a secret lab in the USSR Institute of Sports Medicine," he told the newspaper in an e-mail.

"I have the information and facts that have never been published."

Russia was suspended from international athletics in November after a special commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) exposed widespread state-sponsored cheating and corruption.


Kamayev, who quit as executive director of Rusada two months ago, died suddenly last weekend at the age of 52.

A Taas news agency report said it appeared his death was caused by a heart attack.

Kamayev stood down from his position, along with the rest of the senior Rusada management, in mid-December as Russia began working on lifting the suspension in time for its athletes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.