Russian sports agent and New York marathon officials are ‘investigated for bribery’

A Russian sports agent is facing federal investigation alongside officials of the New York City marathon for allegedly allowing doping athletes to enter the race, it has been claimed.
Andrey Baranov is the reported subject of the US Attorney probe which was revealed by The New York Times on Friday, two days before the annual race.

Investigators are looking for evidence that he may have colluded with race organizers to allows contestants using performance enhancing drugs to enter, the newspaper claims, and even paid for their places.

It is not clear whether their concerns relate to contestants in this year’s race or in previous events.
Baranov denied the accusation on Friday as did race officials who said they had ‘no knowledge’ of any such investigation.

They insisted they had never accepted bribes. ‘We have no knowledge of an investigation by U.S. law enforcement.
‘If contacted, we will cooperate fully with the authorities,’ a spokesman for New York Road Runners, which organizes the event, told on Friday.

They added they were ‘deeply committed to a clean sport’ but would not specify what dealings organizers have had with Baranov.

‘We recruit athletes that create the best competitive atmosphere and align with our values of fair play and commitment to community.

‘In doing so, we work with many athletes, agents, managers, and coaches who are all treated equally throughout that process,’ they added.

Baranov has in the past been hailed as a whistle blower for doping in the sport having penned an enraged letter to IAAF in 2014 exposing rife bribery and corruption throughout the athletics world.

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