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    The International Olympic Committee has called for very detailed and very worrying allegations of Russian state-sponsored doping at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to be investigated immediately by the World Anti-doping Agency. Jason Spezza Jersey . Hosts Russia topped the medal table in Sochi with 33 medals, 13 of them gold, but a New York Times report claims performance-enhancing drug use was rife and covered up.Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, who was director of the countrys anti-doping laboratory at the time, alleges urine samples tainted by performance-enhancing drugs were exchanged, through a wall, for clean urine collected months earlier. People are celebrating Olympic champion winners, but we are sitting crazy and replacing their urine, Dr Rodchenkov told the New York Times. Can you imagine how Olympic sport is organised?WADA on Tuesday announced it would investigate allegations of doping at Sochi made in a CBS 60 Minutes documentary last Sunday. And the IOC called for further inquiries in response to the claims in the New York Times.An IOC spokesman said: These allegations are very detailed and very worrying and we ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate immediately. UK Anti-Doping officials brought in to help clean up Russias sports are being met with resistance when they try and test samples The laboratory in Sochi was fully accredited by WADA. The IOC also relied on the work of its own international experts in the laboratory - the Games group.Additionally, to safeguard the excellence of the analytical work of the laboratory, 15 to 20 international experts from 10 WADA-accredited laboratories, including several laboratory directors supervised the activities of the lab.The organisation of the laboratory including the quality control system and chain of custody documentation was compliant with all international rules and regulations.A WADA independent observer team monitored all anti-doping activities during the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and produced a satisfactory report following the Games.Based on the findings of a WADA inquiry the IOC will not hesitate to act with its usual policy of zero tolerance for doping and defending the clean athletes. President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sir Craig Reedie, is dismayed by new claims of Russian doping The Russian Ministry of Sport on Thursday night described the allegations as a major shock and questioned Rodchenkovs motives.A statement from the Russian Ministry of Sport read: The allegations made by the former director of the laboratories came as a major shock to us.Considering that he was fired from his position for manipulating tests it is very likely that he has other motives.If these allegations have any factual substantiation, they should be handed over immediately to relevant anti-doping organisations for a full investigation.Russias track and field athletes are currently the subject of a suspension which places their participation in the Rio Olympics in doubt.The ban was imposed following a WADA-commissioned independent report into allegations of drug use in athletics. Russia topped the medals table at Sochi UK Anti-doping was subsequently commissioned to undertake drug testing in Russia and has uncovered just two incidences of doping, according to Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.In making the comments, Mutko omitted adverse findings for meldonium, which was banned from January 1, 2016.The Russian Ministry of Sport statement, responding to the New York Times allegations, added: We have never claimed that we do not have doping problems and we acknowledge that changes are needed and we understand that we have to regain international communitys trust for what we believe is a global issue.The only way that we can achieve this is through concrete steps proving our loyalty to clean and fair sport.We believe we have already proved Russias commitment to fight doping by inviting international experts recommended by WADA to all key positions responsible for doping control and this guarantees independence and transparency of procedures.We have nothing to hide. 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In fact, shortly after surging into the lead at Pinnacle Country Club, Wie joined PGA Tour pros Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley as part of a social media challenge in dumping a bucket of ice water on herself on the driving range. Yes, life is good at the moment for Wie. "I think it comes hand in hand," Wie said about her winning and revamped attitude. "... I played really well toward the end of the year last year ... took a lot of time off, took about a month and a half. So, I just felt really refreshed, and I think it comes hand in hand." All 72 players in the afternoon session were unable to finish on Saturday because of thunderstorms, with second-round play expected to finish early Sunday before the final round begins later in the morning. Before the rain arrived, the morning pairings were once again left chasing Wie — who earned her first major victory at the U.S. Womens Open last week at Pinehurst after winning earlier in the season in her home state of Hawaii. So Yeon Ryu, paired with Wie, was second at 8 under after her second straight 67, while Suzann Pettersen, Chella Choi and Line Vedel were three strokes back. Pettersen had a 67, Choi shot 65, and Vedel had five holes left. Top-ranked and local favourite Stacy Lewis was four shots behind at 6 under, a week after finishing a shot behind Wie at Pinehurst. The two are training and practice partners in Florida, and Wie couldnt help but challenge her friend to the ice bucket shower after her dousing. "Michelles obviously playing some really good golf," Lewis said. "Im going to have to shoot a good number tomorrow. ... At least I put a good nnumber up today, and well see what happens tomorrow. Nate Thompson Jersey. " Lewis made the early charge Saturday to close within a shot of first-round leader Alena Sharp of Hamilton, much to the delight of the pro-Arkansas crowd — where Lewis played collegiately. Sharp made it through 15 holes prior to the delay. For the second straight day, however, Wie saved her best for the back. She jumped into contention with a 4-under 31 on the back nine on Friday. After teeing off on the back nine Saturday, she once again closed with a flurry — birdieing four of her final seven holes to shoot a 4-under 32 and surge into the lead. She putted 29 times on Saturday, a day after needing 28 in her opening round using her more hunched-over style. "These days, Michelles on fire," Ryu said. "I played with her today and yesterday, and her putting was awesome. I think thats why she could win a major tournament." Wie put the finishing touch on her round — and quest for a second straight tournament victory — with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 9 that put her within reach of back-to-back wins. "I just want to kind of get through tomorrow," Wie said. "But at the same time, it is definitely in the back of my mind ... If I can get it done, hopefully it will happen." Wie held off Lewis by a shot to win her first major title in the U.S Womens Open. Playing a group behind Lewis on Saturday, Wie bogeyed her second hole, No. 11, and recovered with a birdie on the par-5 14th. She followed that with a second straight birdie on a par 5, getting up and down off the fringe on No. 18 to reach 6 under. Her birdie spree followed on the front nine, with large galleries following both Lewis and Wie. Lewis followed a sluggish first round in which she putted 31 times by needing only 24 putts on Saturday. She stumbled with a bogey out of the greenside bunker on the par-3 fourth hole before recovering with birdies on No. 5 and 9. Shell need more of the same if she or anyone else is to catch Wie on Sunday. "Its going to have to be something pretty low," Lewis said. 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