LAUSANNE /Switzerland/, December 6. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s commission retesting doping samples and led by Denis Oswald will continue its work, said Samuel Schmid, the chair of another IOC commission.
The Oswald commission’s findings have already led to a lifelong Olympic ban for 25 Russian athletes, whose results shown at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi have been annulled.
"Every week we receive approximately two cases. However, the samples are still being analyzed and the Oswald commission will continue its activities. Right now we have 36 cases," Schmid said.
Earlier in the day, the IOC Executive Board ruled to allow Russia’s clean athletes to take part in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang in the status of neutral athletes, while the country’s national squad was officially barred from participating in the upcoming Games. The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place on February 5-21.
Last year, the WADA Independent Commission headed by Richard McLaren, released a report summing up the results of an investigation into the alleged violations of anti-doping rules during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. McLaren cited Rodchenkov, claiming that over 1,000 Russian athletes could have been involved in a manipulation scheme to conceal positive doping tests.
In July 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) set up two commissions to look into the information provided by McLaren. Samuel Schmid’s commission looked into the alleged involvement of Russia’s Sports Ministry in a possible cover-up of doping violations. The other commission, headed by Denis Oswald, is retesting doping samples taken at the 2014 Olympics.