The chief Anti-Doping Adviser to the head of the Russian Sports Ministry has been suspended after the release of the WADA McLaren report, she Tweeted out on Tuesday.
Natalia Zhelanova, the chief adviser on matters of anti-doping to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko while further investigations are being done on the findings of the WADA report that unveiled institutionalized, government-sponsored doping in Russia.
I'm temporarily suspended from my role until findings of McLaren report r checked. All who know me know I'm passionate about fighting doping
— Natalia Zhelanova (@Zhelanova) July 19, 2016
The Deputy Minister of Sports Yuri Nagornykh was also suspended by Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Zhelanova also Tweeted out that she “was and remains committed to the fight against doping.”
Earlier in this week, on Sunday, the day before the McLaren report was released, Zhelanova Tweeted at SwimSwam that she “fully supports” a statement by FINA earlier this week that was concerned over USADA and CCES (the American and Canadian anti-doping organizations) calls for a blanket ban for Russia from the Olympics.
Fully support concerns of FINA. Calls for blanket ban on Russia seriously compromise independence of McLaren report https://t.co/DsMByrGHtJ
— Natalia Zhelanova (@Zhelanova) July 17, 2016
She also retweeted several other cautionary Tweets on the day before the report’s release, but has not commented on the matter since. Neither have FINA or the European Olympic Committees – other organizations who felt that the USADA and CCES statements were premature.
The International Olympic Committee has said it is exploring legal options for banning Russia from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games outright, but thus far has stopped short. They have, however, barred Russian Sports Ministry officials from the Olympics and blocked Russia from hosting the 2019 European Games.