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MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Olympic Committee has assessed the letter of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency calling to suspend Russia from participating in the Rio Olympics as a tool of pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), committee's head Alexander Zhukov told reporters on Wednesday.
"We were upset that the USADA called for the suspension of the Russian team two days prior to the publication of McLaren’s report, without even knowing its contents," Zhukov said. "We were puzzled and viewed this as pressure on the IOC."
On Monday, the WADA Independent Commission released a report on doping manipulations at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. The commission headed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren found evidence proving the doping in Russian sport had been patronized by the Russian Sports Ministry, the center in charge of training Russian national teams, and the FSB security service.
On Saturday, TASS obtained a letter to IOC President, Thomas Bach and members of the Executive Board that was signed by USADA head, Travis Tygart and President of the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport, Paul Melia. The letter claimed two days before the release of McLaren’s report that his investigation had already proven the existence of a state-sponsored system of doping in Russia and urged the IOC to suspend Moscow from taking part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro scheduled for August.