WADA tells Russian Federation to stop shifting blame for its doping scandal

The Russia cyclists allege they suffered reputational damage after being banned unfairly from Rio 2016 when they were named in the report by Canadian lawyer Richard Mc Laren

"We are asking the court to review all of the evidence and to vindicate us".

The World Anti-Doping Agency's decision on clearing 95 Russian athletes mentioned in the report of an independent panel led by Richard McLaren shows that the regulator has sorted out this situation, lawmaker and the world's legendary ice hockey player Vyacheslav Fetisov told TASS.

In May 2016, McLaren was tasked by Wada with investigating allegations of doping in Russian Federation.

"The available evidence was insufficient to support the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation against these 95 athletes", said WADA director general Olivier Niggli in a report seen by The New York Times. The publication does not name the athletes.

Rodchenkov, identified in a 2015 WADA report as an "aider and abettor of the doping activities", revealed a scheme for covering up Russian competitors' positive drug samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

However, the report stated that an ADRV would be asserted against the one remaining athlete of the 96 who has not yet been cleared. They should have been responsible for (Rodchenkov) before as they have issued him a licence and given him a work permit."They were in control of him but now the state (Russia) is blamed for it", he added.

"Dr Rodchenkov has been willing to cooperate".

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.

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

The country avoided a blanket ban from Rio 2016 as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deferred decisions on the participation of athletes to the various International Federations.

Two IOC Commissions are now investigating the affair.



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