On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released the McLaren Investigation Report. The 103-page report details how the Moscow Laboratory protected Russian athletes who were doping, how the Sochi Laboratory swapped samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics and that Russia’s Ministry of Sport was directly involved in these corrupt activities.

Following the publication of the report, WADA recommended the following:

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to consider, under their respective Charters, to decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee.
  • The International Federations (IFs) from sports implicated in the McLaren Report to consider their responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) as far as their Russian National Federations (NFs) are concerned.
  • Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including Rio 2016.
  • The Russian National Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to remain non-compliant under the Code and its staffing and independence to be further reviewed by WADA.
  • The accreditation process of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow (Moscow laboratory) to be stopped.
  • The FIFA Ethics Committee to look into allegations concerning football and the role played by a member of its Executive Committee, Minister Vitaly Mutko.
  • Professor McLaren and his team to complete their mandate provided WADA can secure the funding that would be required.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) responded by stating that no samples taken at an international weightlifting event held in Russia over the past four years were analyzed in the Moscow Laboratory in question. The IWF boasted that their zero tolerance policy and referred to banning Bulgarian lifters that 2016 Rio Olympics.

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