On Monday, a report by a commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) effectively accused Russia of building a state-sponsored doping program that connected athletes, doctors, trainers, and state-security forces with cheating, bribes, cover-ups, extortion, and the destruction of evidence.
The report may have some serious long-term consequences for Russia, which could be barred from international track and field events, open itself up to criminal proceedings, or be kept out of the 2016 Olympics. On Tuesday, WADA took a first step by suspending the accreditation of the Moscow Anti-Doping Center, the laboratory in charge of conducting tests and making sure that none of this happened.
Russian officials, for their part, have taken a fascinating tack in response to WADA’s report, alternating between disbelief, denial, and acceptance as the story gained traction and the ramifications emerged. Here’s a quick list of their reactions.
Grigory Rodchenkov: The head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Center, called WADA “idiots,” on Monday after the agency accused him of destroying over 1,400 doping samples before inspectors could see them. WADA also recommended a lifetime ban against him specifically.