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MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is deliberately exerting pressure on the sports public before a report of the Independent Commission of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren is expected to be released on July 18 and a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Russian athletes is taken before July 21, Natalya Zhelanova, an aide to the Russian sports minister, told TASS on Saturday.
"I believe it strange that people write such a letter. How can they jump to any conclusions until the commission has not come to them?" she said, commenting on the situation.
When asked if the letter might have influence on the situation, Zhelanova said: "I believe that any pressure definitely exerts influence."
USADA head Travis Tygart is set to demand from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach that the Russian Olympic and Paralympic teams be suspended from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The decision should be taken not later than July 26, Tygart says in his draft letter, obtained by TASS.