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McLaren’s commission to end investigation by late October — WADA

August 24, 18:40 UTC+3
An independent commission chaired by Richard McLaren is looking into accusations of doping manipulations at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi
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Richard McLaren

Richard McLaren

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MOSCOW, August 24 /TASS/. An independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by independent expert Richard McLaren is to end an investigation into accusations of doping manipulations at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games by late October, the WADA press service told TASS.

"McLaren’s investigation is still under way. It is expected to be finished by late October," WADA said.

On July 18, the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren released a report on the results of a probe into the alleged doping schemes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The report claimed that doping tests were changed in Russia in 643 cases between 2012 and 2015, and that athletes in 30 sports were involved in that system.

Grigory Rodchenkov, who now lives in the United States, claimed in an interview with The New York Times published in mid-May that Russia’s sports authorities allegedly prepared a special doping program for national athletes in order to win most of the medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. The ex-official claimed that he had received a list of athletes whose doping tests had to be changed from a Russian Sports Ministry representative every night during the Olympics. Rodchenkov also said he had invented a special "cocktail" made of three banned formulas, which he gave to dozens of Russian athletes during the games. The former official said he was ready to provide proof to WADA and the International Olympic Committee and also called for re-testing samples from the 2014 Games now stored in Lausanne.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko repeated many times that Russia was ready to cooperate with the WADA commission but the latter refused to establish any contacts. According to him, the WADA independent commission questioned witnesses without contacting the Russian side.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) took the provisions of the WADA report into account but refused to ban the entire Russian team from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, only 280 out of 387 met the additional criteria, which the IOC set for the Russian Olympians, and were authorized to participate in the games.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) used McLaren’s report to suspend the Russian Paralympic Committee membership and bar Russian Paralympians from the Rio Games.

The Russian Paralympic Committee submitted an appeal to CAS on August 15.

On August 23, CAS ruled that the International Olympic Committee had not violated any procedures as it made its decision, which was in full compliance with the international federation’s rules and was proportionate under the current circumstances. According to CAS, the Russian Paralympic Committee had failed to provide sufficient proof to refute the IPC decision.

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