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IIHF chief Fasel: WADA report on Russia’s alleged doping abuse needs more facts

July 25, 15:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
WADA report stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia in 2012-2015 involving athletes from 30 sports
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Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation

Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation

© Sergei FadeichevITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission’s recent report contains data, which can only be validated by presenting more concrete facts, Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), told TASS on Monday.

The WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

"First of all, about the shooting federation - the information that you will see in the McLaren report that there were three shooting athletes and that their doping samples disappeared but this was not true actually," Fasel, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, said in an interview with TASS.

"These shooting athletes were identified and they were suspended in a regular way," he said. "So everything written in the McLaren report is sometimes not really based on facts."

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

Following the commission’s report last week, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

Following a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on Sunday that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

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