New Report Confirms State-Sponsored Doping In Russia

A WADA report on the systematic doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren was published this morning at 9:00 EST confirming state-sponsored doping in Russian sports.

The report looked to address reports from late in 2015 where Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory, indicated his part in a state-sponsored doping ring in a tell-all of the doping procedure from the 2014 Olympic Games.

McLaren released his findings today as well through a news conference in Toronto where he indicated that he had confirmed that the Russian Olympic team had partaken in a systematic doping approach to improve their results at their home games in 2014.


  • 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

McLaren stated that the findings of his report have been proven, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” going further to say that all evidence is “verifiable”.

He went on to confirm that positive tests “in every sports discipline” were passed to the Deputy Minister of Sport, Yuri Nagornykh. Nagornykh was responsible for deciding who would not be protected by the labs.

According to his report, the systematic doping began in 2010 and carried through until 2014. McLaren stated “the system worked well to cover up doping, except at major international events.” Because of this, in Sochi the Russians developed the sample-swapping methodology where “tamper-proof” bottles were switched.

Towards the end of the press conference, McLaren reiterated that the “disappearing positive methodology” applies across all sports. McLaren didn’t name any specific athletes or sports, but did say that the report lists both summer and winter sports that were effected.

This report comes out just after FINA released a statement outlining their “concern” for calls from both the American and Canadian anti-doping authorities to ban Russia from the Olympic Games.

FINA’s main concern with anti-doping authorities speaking out is that they did so prior to the release of the McLaren report. The full FINA statement can be found here.

While McLaren’s report doesn’t specifically indicate swimming, it was clear that the state-sponsored doping looked to take place across all sports, meaning that there’s a very high chance swimming was involved as well. The same Moscow anti-doping lab used at the Sochi Olympics was used at the 2015 World Championships.

To read the entire McLaren report click here.


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Brad Flood
5 years ago

The Ban of ALL Russian sports from Rio 2016 should happen immediately……although $port politic$ will assure that it doe$’nt.

Reply to  Brad Flood
5 years ago

But what about clean Russian athletes? Or are there none:(? I really hope vlad didn’t dope

Ji joe
5 years ago

Wow I would have never guessed. Steroid use among all olympic athletes is so much more common than people realize

Arthur S
5 years ago

The minimum response from the IOC needs to be disqualifying all Russian athletes from Sochi and taking away every metal. Secondly they need to ban all Russian athletes from Rio.

Reply to  Arthur S
5 years ago

and go on investigations to see how to clean the plate clearly – and maybe later re-instaur a different sport ethics all through the country

5 years ago

A total ban should (emphasis on should) be on the table.

Coach Canuck
5 years ago

Is the timing tight? Yes. Does this report cover all cheats? No. But you can’t ignore the evidence of the problems with this Fina member. Banned from Rio is the only option.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

State-sponsored. I like the expression.
And we thought that kind of things would not happen again after the fall of the Berlin Wall. But not surprising with an authoritarian regime which wanted to show its power to the world.
Cold War 2 is coming if Russia is banned from Rio.

Now if WADA could look at what happens in Kenya and Jamaica in track and field, I would be happy. But I dream a little bit.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Bolt and Blake are/were clearly both doping. Bolt will never be banned, he is he face of T&F. Blake I think was Doping before and has since stopped. Which is why his body and performances have suffered a lot c

Sean S
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

For those who have followed other sports as well it is clear to see that Kazakhstan is doing the same in weightlifting (probably everything else as well), and there is no chance China isn’t doing the same although they’ve hidden it a little better.

Swim pop
5 years ago

Well, at least they weren’t smoking pot…….

bobo gigi
5 years ago

And immediately the Putin fans here in France write in the forums of sports websites that all of that is a conspiracy created by the US government and backed by its European allies. 😆

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