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19th July 2016

IOC delays decision on Russian Rio 2016 ban

Following the publication of the McLaren report on 18 July, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to impose a blanket ban on Russian Olympic and Paralympic athletes entered for the Rio games which start next month.

The independent report was commissioned by WADA to look into allegations made by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory. The report claims that Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports from late 2011 to August 2015.

The key findings of the report are:

1.The Moscow Laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a State-dictated failsafe system, described in the report as the Disappearing Positive Methodology.

2. The Sochi Laboratory operated a unique sample swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Games.

3. The Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athlete’s analytical results or sample swapping, with the active participation and assistance of the FSB, CSP, and both Moscow and Sochi Laboratories.

The full report can be accessed here.

The IOC has said it will “explore the legal options” before deciding whether to implement “a collective ban” on all Russian competitors for the Games which start on 5 August. Russia and the rest of the sporting world await the outcome. For advice on any anti-doping matter, please contact Christine Bowyer-Jones on 020 7400 5048 or click here to email Christine.

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