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WADA chief alarmed over statements in McLaren report

December 09, 2016, 19:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie says it is alarming to read that 1,000 Russian athletes can be identified as being involved in manipulations to conceal positive doping tests

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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is alarmed that over 1,000 Russian athletes can be identified as being involved in manipulations to conceal positive doping tests, World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie said, according to the WADA press service.

According to the second part of the report compiled by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, released on December 8, over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports could have been involved in the manipulations system to conceal positive doping tests while there existed an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests.

"The Report, and its evidence published today, shows the scope of subversion; and, focusses on the number of athletes that benefited over a prolonged period of time," Reedie said. "It is alarming to read that 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in, or benefiting from, manipulations to conceal positive doping tests," he added.

The first part of the report was released on July 18. Based on the report, WADA pushed for a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. Shortly before the Games, the International Olympic Committee decided that Russian athletes could participate in the Rio Olympics except for those who had been earlier disqualified for doping abuse. However, Russia’s track and field team was suspended, only long jumper Darya Klishina, who had been training in the US in the recent years, was allowed to compete.

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