Exclusive: IOC provide Stepanovs with consultancy work and training grant following meeting with Bach

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Insidethegames.biz just reported, that

“Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov have been provided with a range of support measures by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following a meeting with the organisation’s President Thomas Bach.”

They further say that

“As a result of discussions, former Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) employee Vitaly will be providing a consultancy service to the IOC on all aspects of doping control and the protection of clean athletes.

Middle distance runner Yuliya will also be receiving a scholarship to be used for her training.”

Read the whole article on insidethegame.biz.
This new situation is a great success and a big improvement of the situation of Yuliya and Vitaly. This is an important step for them to a safe and stable living situation and we wish them all the best for their new future.

Is it worth being a whistleblower?

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Yuliya and Vitaly, together with their son, live in a hidden place. A situation which most of us would not see as something worth to be achieved.

So wouldn’t it be logical to regret being a whistleblower?

Definitely not, according to the Stepanovs. They recently said:

“Journalists often ask us: “Is it worth being a whistleblower?” Because of each one of you, the answer is  “Yes”! If you see something wrong, you must try to fight it. You might not ultimately succeed, but you will find support and you will find great people and that is the lesson that we learnt and we will teach Robert in the future.”

Is it an advantage to keep silence?

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Yelena Isinbayeva candidates as President of Russia Athletics Federation. Although Isinbayeva has never failed a drug test in her career she constantly denied the evidences provided in the McLaren Report.

“All of the accusations that have leveled have been built upon assumptions, there are no facts, no proof but for some reason (McLaren’s) assumptions were sufficient to raise the question of banning the entire Russian team (from the Olympics),” Isinbayeva said. “I would like to see more facts, more specific proof against specific athletes.” [AP, http://tinyurl.com/hzovxan]

So the question is if she is the right person to bring back credibility into the fight against doping?
If not, it will be another example that it’s still an advantage for people not to publish information and to keep their mouth shut.

The lamentations of whistleblowers

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Jens Weinreich, a German online journalist, writes about the hard live of whistleblowers after providing the information they had.

In the German article “Das Klagelied der Whistleblower” he describes how Yuliya Stepanova was treated by the IOC and writes, how “she risked her life to uncover a scandal”.

He also says that
“Although the national olympic organizations and the IOC have established “Hotlines” and promise every information provider to get off lightly, usually nothing or not very much happens.”

Donations are still possible

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We’ve received questions if there was a possibility to donate after the crowdfunding campaign on ibelieveinyou.ch has been closed. That means that you out there are still willing to underpin your moral support with money which is so great. Thank you for that.

To serve this requirement, we’ve established a PayPal funding account where you can donate money.

All donations we receive, minus the paypal fees, will be given to the Stepanovs with the same purpose as the one of the crowdfunding, that’s eliving and education for the family. It might be, that they refuse the money, because their live has been stabilised and they are not depending anymore on foreign money, then we will use it to support other projects in the subject area “Anti-Doping” and “Whistleblower support”.

Whatever will happen, we will inform you here on this site and give you full transparency of the usage of the money.

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Brighter future for the Stepanovs

Successful Crowdfunding

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Today the crowdfunding campaign for the Stepanovs has been closed with great news.

A brighter future for Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov has been successfully funded

Dear project supporter,

We made it! With your help, the project «A brighter future for Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov» has been successfully funded. A big thank you for your support! Your contribution is a very valuable financial support for Yuliya and Vitaly and it’s also an important sign for fair and clean sports.

The collected amount of 92’070 Swiss francs serves Yuliya and Vitaly to build up their life in the United States and to help finance their education.

A «thank you» message and video of Yuliya and Vitaly is attached here.

And for those of you who are interested to learn more about the Stepanov family and how they are doing, please have a look at the new website that has been set up with the help of www.sportleaks.com

Your promised amount will be charged from your credit card within the next few days.

Do you have any questions? Please feel free to contact us.

Best regards from your «I believe in you»-team
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Launch and Relaunch

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I can proudly announce the launch of a new website that wants to continue the support for the whistleblower Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanova.

This site is the result of the enormous success of the petition supporting Yuliya’s hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics on change.org, which reached 275,565 signatures in less than two months. The IOC’s intransigence shows now more than ever that whistleblowers like Yuliya and Vitaly need support if sport is ever to regain its integrity.

This site will keep you informed on the Stepanov’s progress.

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The site will also continue the great work of future-stepanov.com – the crowdfunding campaign that gathered over 85,000 CHF (approx. € 77,000 or $ 87,000 $) to help the Stepanov family stabilise their lives and allow them stand on their own two feet. This is still to be achieved. They live in a hidden place somewhere in the USA with no work permit and are constantly concerned about their security after several hacks of their mail and ADAMS (The Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) account.

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As you can see there is still a lot of work to do and this site would like to support the Stepanovs as much as possible.

If you would like to receive emailed information from time to time, please do not forget to subscribe to our NEWSLETTER.

We would also like to thank ibelieveinyou.ch for supporting the crowdfunding campaign and sportsleaks.com for supporting this site.

Deutschlandfunk: From narcotics agent to chief anti-doping investigator

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The German radio broadcaster “Deutschlandfunk” reports that Günter Younger, a German policeman, has been anounced as new chief investigator of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

Younger already leaded the investigation of the doping scandal in Russia last year which was triggered by evidences provided by Yuliya and Vitaly.

“Several weekends I visited them and was able to build a picture. I was impressed how clear and precise Yuliya Stepanova told the story. And why they did it, they told, was because they didn’t want to go on like that. We want to help our country to become clean.” (Günter Younger, own translation).

Article (German):
http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/guenter-younger-vom-rauschgiftjaeger-zum-doping.1346.de.html?dram:article_id=367421