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McLaren’s report scrutinized by Russian Investigative Committee — minister

July 29, 14:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Vitaly Mutko, the Ministry of Sports has set up a special commission that investigates circumstances mentioned in the report
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MOSCOW, July 29. /TASS/. The report of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, is being scrutinized by the Russian Investigative Committee (IC), Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told journalists on Friday.

"Our current task is to calmly work in the legal framework. McLaren’s report was sent to IC, they are scrutinizing it. The Ministry of Sports has set up a special commission that investigates circumstances mentioned in the report. I hope experts will provide all facts to us. If they are convincing, measures will be taken by the end of November," Mutko said.

WADA Independent Commission 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.

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 (FSB) supported the doping program in Russian sports.

Following the WADA report, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decision on Russian athletes will be taken by relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if he or she has served the sanction.

The 31st Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.

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