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.
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.”
“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”