Final report on Russian doping ‘months away’

September 17, 2016 12:00 am | Updated November 01, 2016 07:05 pm IST - Zurich:

The final report by Richard McLaren into Russian doping across sport is still “several months away,” the law professor said on Friday, after the first instalment laid bare State-run cheating over several years. The report was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which has been hit this week by Russian hackers apparently in revenge for McLaren’s findings that were released in the build-up to August’s Rio Games and saw dozens of Russian competitors banned from the Olympics. “A date is not established,” the Canadian said, speaking in Zurich on the sidelines of a summit on sports and ethics that took place at FIFA headquarters, referring to publication of the second part of his report. “We are in the second phase of the investigation that’s directed primarily at the information we have on athletes and providing that information — once our analyses are completed — to the various international (sports) federations.

“We will also report on information we have that we didn’t have time to analyse in the last report and see if it makes the picture bigger or clearer. It’s at least several months away.

McLaren’s explosive first report detailed Russian State-run doping across sports, particularly at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where Russian secret services were involved in a nefarious programme to swap dirty urine samples for clean ones. — AFP

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