WADA clears 95 Russian athletes of doping charges

Isaac Cain
September 14, 2017

Three riders who were prevented from competing in the Rio Olympics previous year as a result of doping allegations against Russian Federation have launched legal action against the World Anti Doping Agency WADA and the Canadian doping investigator Dr Richard McLaren. The scandal also led to Russian track and field athletes being barred from the Rio Olympics a year ago following a ban from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the complete ban of the country's Paralympic team.

They had launched an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prior to the Olympics but lost.

The McLaren report did not name Sveshnikov, Strakhov and Sokolov but the cyclists say that they "suffered great reputational harm" and have filed a lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, claiming damages.

In a further telephone interview to the New York Times, Niggli said, "We have to accept the fact that McLaren's objective was to prove a system, not individual violations".

An independent investigation for the agency by professor Richard McLaren in 2016 implicated some 1,000 athletes in the doping system.And Russian officials said WADA's decision only served to shed doubt on the revelations in McLaren's report.

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In comments e-mailed to Reuters, WADA dismissed Mutko's assertions.

On September 5, McLaren denied claims he had "dropped charges" of state involvement in the cases of alleged doping in Russian Federation.

His allegations led to investigations into Russian doping and two editions of the highly-critical McLaren Report.

As a result, Wada recommended all Russian athletes be banned from competing in the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

Mutko, the former sports minister, told the R-Sport news agency that Russian Federation had acknowledged Rodchenkov's violations of anti-doping regulations and fired him.

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