- A whistleblower says he fled Russia because of threats following his claims that Russian athletics has failed to tackle a widespread culture of doping. Russia has been in the spotlight over what the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) calls state-sponsored doping across multiple sports. Andrey Dmitriev, a 1500m runner, claimed in January that Russian athletics coaches, who face suspension over violations of international doping laws, continue to work with athletes. In his latest interview, the 26-year-old told German broadcaster ARD that he fled after being threatened in Russia and branded a traitor. "When I realised what was heading my way, I knew I had better leave the country," he said. "For me, there was no alternative, but to flee. They called me a traitor, a liar, and - excuse my language - poured tonnes of shit on me."