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Russian sports minister: McLaren’s words on "institutional conspiracy" erroneous

December 09, 2016, 18:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"There has not been and could not have been any conspiracy," Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said
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Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov

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MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. A statement of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission’s chairman Richard McLaren about an "institutional conspiracy" in Russia are erroneous notions, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Friday, cited by his press service to TASS.

Earlier in the day, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren delivered the Part 2 report, in London, alleging that 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 over the recent years.

"Mr McLaren pronounced the words ‘institutional conspiracy’. That is an erroneous definition. There has not been and could not have been any conspiracy," Kolobkov said.

"Russian law enforcement agencies are dealing with certain violations, or in my view, even crimes committed, in particular, by Mr. Rodchenkov and his possible accomplices," he went on to say. "It could be great if other states investigate anti-doping violations as steadfastly as we do. On the other hand, it is pleasant that Mr McLaren has noticed our efforts to clear Russian sport from doping. I would like to emphasize that we do not do it under pressure since we are the most motivated side to have sport clean."

The WADA Independent Commission and its chairman McLaren released its first 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.

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, 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.

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