> This is the man plunging world athletics into it's worst ever drug scandal. Grigory Rodchenkov seen at work in 2014 when he was head of Russia's antidoping lab. Now he says he was at the heart of a massive system of cheating. In an interview with the New York Times, he claims he helped destroy as many as 100 suspect urine samples.
According to Rodchenkov, members of Russia's intelligence services replaced the tainted samples with clean urine collected months earlier. He says at least 15 Olympic medal winners were involved. On Thursday, reporters put the allegations to the boss of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Grigory very much caught on the hop at the meeting in Montreal.
>> I've been chairing a meeting all day. And I am told there is an issue in the New York Times, which in all honesty, I haven't the time to read yet. So I want to know full details first. I think the pressure will be on whether to respond and to investigate.
And I gave a rather strong commitment to the athletes that we would do just that.>> Thursday was already a dark day for athletics. Running powerhouse Kenya suspended over allegations of drug cheating there. As for Russia, it was already suspended from world competition after earlier allegations of doping.
It could miss out on the Rio Olympics, now just three months away. Moscow calls the New York Times report nonsense. But the detail and the source of the latest allegations will make them hard to dismiss.