Lawmaker says WADA sorts out situation with Russian athletes on McLaren's list

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

An independent report by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) in 2016 accused Russian Federation of running a "state-sponsored doping program" to cover up positive drug tests for its athletes at major worldwide competitions.

Three Russian cyclists banned from participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics filed a lawsuit on September 11 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against Richard McLaren and WADA, alleging that they were "unfairly implicated" and wrongfully associated with cheaters and doping.

Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov today filed suit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court File No: CV-17-582393) against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Richard McLaren, a former Commissioner of WADA; claiming damages against the defendants.

Mutko insisted that Russian authorities had never run a state-sponsored doping programme and pinned all the blame on the laboratory and Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

Now, over a year later, they claim they "suffered great reputational harm", even though they were not personally named in the report.

Sveshnikov alleges that WADA and McLaren prevented the three Russian cyclists from reaching their life-long goal of participating in the Rio Olympics, and "wrongly associated" their names with "cheaters and doping".

Leaked WADA documents printed in The New York Times state that there is not enough evidence to pursue a case against all but one of a 96-strong group.

Wada declined to comment on the lawsuit.

WADA has been investigating individual athletes implicated in the doping scandal which has embroiled Russian Federation.

His 144-page independent study concluded more than 1,000 Russians benefitted from the doping programme across 30 sports.

This may also positively influence the International Olympic Committee's possible decision to allow Russia's delegation to take part in the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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