Sports Ministry advises investigation of facts stated in McLaren report

WADA on Dec. 9 published the second part of the McLaren-led independent commission's report devoted to doping in Russian sports.

WADA on Dec. 9 published the second part of the McLaren-led independent commission's report devoted to doping in Russian sports.

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'The Sports Ministry is closely studying the report’s contents'

The Russian Sports Ministry will advise the authorities concerned to look into all facts and circumstances mentioned in the second part of the report by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency under Richard McLaren.

WADA on Dec. 9 published the second part of the McLaren-led independent commission's report devoted to doping in Russian sports. To a large extent the content of the report had been presented by the former director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.

"The Sports Ministry is closely studying the report’s contents in order to formulate a constructive attitude. At the same time the Sports Ministry officially declares there are no government-run programs for supporting doping in sports and it will continue to fight against doping from position of zero tolerance," the news release says.

"The Russian authorities concerned are looking into all facts mentioned in the first part of the McLaren report. The Russian Sports Ministry will advise the authorities in question to thoroughly investigate the circumstances contained in the second part," the ministry said in a news release.

On June 18, 2016 the Investigative Committee launched a criminal case against Rodchenkov, charging him with abuse of office. Further investigation unearthed evidence that Rodchenkov might have been not just as a rank-and-file culprit, but the mastermind and organizer of doping abuse schemes in Russian sports. At the end of November the Investigative Committee said it had dispatched a request to the United States for obtaining Rodchenkov’s testimonies. The IC has already questioned more than 60 athletes involved in the case.

Source: TASS

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