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Russia to present its assessment of McLaren’s report to IOC

January 11, 19:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s independent public anti-doping commission has been recommended by the IOC president to prepare the country’s stand on McLaren’s report
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MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia’s independent public anti-doping commission will present its assessment of the Part 2 report, delivered by the WADA Independent Commission headed by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, the commission’s head Vitaly Smirnov told TASS on Wednesday.

"We have been recommended by Mr (Thomas) Bach (president of the International Olympic Committee) to prepare the country’s stand on McLaren’s report. After the report is scrutinized, a relevant document will be drafted and submitted to the IOC disciplinary commission," Smirnov said. "We are going to stick to the plan and avoid reacting to snap external judgement."

According to the Part 2 report, delivered early last month in London by the WADA Independent Commission and its chairman, Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, 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.

McLaren’s Part Two report claimed in particular that doping samples of 12 Russian medalists of 2014 Winter Games in Sochi had been tampered with. In addition, doping tests of two more Russian athletes, who won four gold medals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics had been falsified as well.

After part two of the report was released on December 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there never was such a system, however, he admitted that Russia was facing doping issues, like many other countries.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said that Russia was accused of taking actions that were not possible at all. He also noted that hard evidence was needed to prove such allegations.

On NADA's demand to ban Russian athletes from all international competitions

International calls to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes in regard to all global sports competitions go beyond the frames of the common sense, according to Smirnov.

The National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO) urged in its statement late on Tuesday to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions as well as to strip the country of the right of hosting global tournaments.

"I would like to remind Mr. (Travis) Tygart (the Chief Executive Officer at the United States Anti-Doping Agency) that the most outstanding proved example of corruption in the world of sports as of today was the US story regarding the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco and the US track and field team," Vitaly Smirnov, the head of the Russian Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission (IPADC), Smirnov said.

"However, having such tremendous scandal in the background, nobody ever urged not only to ban the whole US team, but not to suspend track and field athletes in particular," Smirnov said.

"It goes beyond all the limits of the common sense when we hear today calls to ban all Russian athletes without any exceptions," Smirnov added.

The document from the NADO was signed by anti-doping leaders of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

NADO, demanding to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, expressed the position of specific experts rather than that of 19 member states, Smirnov said.

"We can see that this statement was issued on behalf of the anti-doping agencies of 19 countries," Smirnov said. "So it may seem that the countries share this stance, while it is the position of some specific expert groups comprising 10-20 members. In this regard I should mention that we maintain working contacts with national Olympic committees as well as with international sports federations, the vast majority of those have adopted a balanced and reasonable approach to the situation."

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