UK wondering about drug test numbers of Russian football players remembering Sochi 2014

UK wondering about drug test numbers of Russian football players remembering Sochi 2014
Photo: Moscow-Live.ru

Fifa has repeatedly referred to Russia as “one of the most tested teams prior to the 2018 Fifa World Cup”.

Fifa refused to inform The Telegraph of the number of drug tests the Russian national team has taken since the World Cup started. Britain was asked to understand that no comments could be given during the competition.

The nation that came up with football is concerned that the Russian team showed an extraordinary performance after it had won only one of the nine control matches. Stanislav Cherchesov’s team defeated Saudi Arabia and Egypt with a total score of 8:1 and got into the knockout stage earlier than the others.

 “Just days after being branded the worst side ever to stage the World Cup, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men produced the best start by a host nation - and one of the best by any country”, the newspaper noted.

Also, the Russians turned out to run further than any other team, and three Russian footballers made it to the top five best runners who covered over 12 km for a match.

The UK is concerned the world might witness a repeat of the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history, when Russia "covered up thousands of positive tests."

Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, also said Russia must be aggressively tested, since “extraordinary performances demand additional tests”.

Fifa has repeatedly referred to Russia as “one of the most tested teams prior to the 2018 Fifa World Cup”.

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