Only on AP: Russian whistleblowers talk to anti-doping group

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 3:07 p.m. ET

The whistleblowers in the Russian doping case spoke to more than 100 anti-doping leaders Sunday about their role in the scandal they uncovered.

Yulia and Vitaly Stepanov have been living in hiding since going public with allegations that led to the suspension of Russia's track team and threatened its participation in the upcoming Summer Olympics. The husband and wife spoke via Skype to the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations, which is meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week.

INADO CEO Joseph de Pencier said leaders from 45 countries gave the Stepanovs sustained applause before and after their presentation.

De Pencier said the Stepanovs appreciated support from different factions in sports but would also like to see more action - including assurances the Russian track team will not compete in Rio.