McLaren Report Supports Allegations of State-Sponsored Doping In Russia


Former Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko in 2015
Former Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko in 2015

According to a new report from Richard McLaren, over 1,000 Russian athletes, benefited from the state-sponsored doping programs, including several Olympic gold medalists.

McLaren is a Canadian sports lawyer, one of three men on the WADA Commission assembled to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia. McLaren previously assisted Senator George Mitchell (D-MN) during his 2007 examination of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) use in Major League Baseball. That 21-month investigation would eventually turn into “The Mitchell Report“, inspiring the MLB to completely revamp their testing policies.

Now McLaren’s found evidence that Russia covered-up positive test-results in over 30 sports. In the new WADA report, McLaren expanded on previous accusations against Russia, adding new evidence and additional depth regarding previous allegations. This week, he concluded that doping in Russia evolved from “uncontrolled chaos” into “an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy”.
McLaren found evidence of tampering in the samples of 12 Russian medal-winners from Sochi 2014, 15 medal-winners at London 2012 and six medal-winners from the paralympics in Sochi. He also went into detail about some of the methods used to avoid detection when replacing positive samples. You can view the full McLaren report here.

On Friday, McLaren announced:

“The results of the forensic and laboratory analysis initiated by my team established the conspiracy that was perpetrated between 2011 and 2015. It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes. For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.”

The Russian Sports Ministry has since denied the findings in an official statement on their website, writing:

“Russia’s Sports Ministry says with all responsibility that there is no state-run program promoting doping in sport,”the ministry said in the statement, adding that it pledges to “fight doping with a zero-tolerance policy.”

…Russia’s relevant authorities are investigating all of the circumstances listed in the first part of McLaren’s report, and the Sports Ministry will advise those authorities to carry out a similarly thorough investigation of what has been said in the second part”
Vitaly Mutko, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Sport (2008-2016), joined in, calling the report “yet another attack on Russian sport” and claiming the whole process was unfair to them.
[Photo via government.ru]