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IOC chief set for talks with WADA’s Reedie, McLaren on doping issues in Russia

March 16, 14:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has invited President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie and head of WADA’s Independent Commission Richard McLaren for talks on allegations on doping abuse in Russian sports, according to IOC official.

IOC spokesman Christian Klaue wrote on his Twitter that that the IOC President Bach intended to discuss details of McLaren’s two reports on the problem of performance enhancing drugs abuse in Russian spots, however, no exact date for the meeting was announced.

Russian athletes were constantly under the gun due to numerous doping abuse accusations. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, conducted an investigation into doping allegations in Russian sports and eventually came up with two parts to the report, the first delivered in July and the second in early December.

Less than two years ago, the WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation of the activities of RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency), the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9, 2015.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended.

Starting from January 2016, control over anti-doping regulations in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

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