Following the publication of WADA‘s report by Richard McLaren on systematic state-sponsored doping in Russia, and McLaren’s conference, the International Olympic Committee has released a statement on the findings.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today received the World Anti-Doping Agency’s “Independent Person Report”. The IOC will now carefully study the complex and detailed allegations, in particular with regard to the Russian Ministry of Sport.
“The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
The statement comes after McLaren’s report confirmed the use of systematic doping in Russia between 2010 and 2014 across all sports.
Below are McLaren’s key findings:
MCLAREN’S KEY FINDINGS
- The Moscow Laboratory operated for the purpose of protecting doped Russian athletes
- The Sochi laboratory operated a unique sample swapping methodology which allowed doped Russian athletes to compete at the games with no possibility of a positive test eliminating them from competition
- The Ministry of Sport were in control of the manipulation of analytical results or sample swapping, directing and overseeing the entire process. The FSB (Russian federal security service), CSP (Center of Sports Preparation in Russia), and both the Moscow and Sochi Laboratories all actively participated in the process
To read more about McLaren’s report, click here.