More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 different sports should have been part of a systematic doping – in government auspices.
The Russians allegedly used salt and Nescafé to cheat doping hunters.
This was apparent when part two of McLaren report about Russian doping was presented in London Friday 9. Dec. 2016.
There is evidence of 12 Russian medalists from Sochi Olympics were drugged. Four of them were gold medalists. The names of the athletes have not arrived.
The question is also whether this could have implications for other countries’ medal harvest from the Winter Games in 2014?
The names of the more than 1,000 athletes are given to the individual federations and, according to McLaren it’s up to them whether they will publish the names.
“- We are now able to confirm the findings of the first report; that positive doping tests have been covered from at least 2011 to Sochi Olympics in 2014 and further after that. This has been driven in large scale,” said Canadian Richard McLaren today Friday.
He maintained that the manipulation of drug testing has been organized in “a magnitude never seen before.”
McLaren came with two examples of cheating: Doping samples from two female hockey players proved to contain male DNA. Then another doping test, taken by a silver medalist during Sochi Olympics, had a salt content that you can not find in a healthy human.
When they were in danger of being exposed during the London Olympics in 2012, then redeveloped the Russians their “doping system.”
“- The state-supported doping was further developed for the London Olympics, so the Universiade in 2013, Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013 and of course the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.”
McLaren said that the systematic doping from 2012 were directed from the highest level: sports ministry, where Vitaly Mutko was sports minister. President Vladimir Putin is not mentioned in the report. Mutko was denied accreditation to Rio Olympics this summer because of his role in doping. McLaren says that there is no “direct evidence” that Mutko knew of doping.
“– I do not think we will know to what extent this actually took place. I do not think we get to the bottom, “said Richard McLaren today.
“– For every action from WADA came a backlash from the Russians,” said the dopinghunter.
The report will mean further pressure on the IOC to punish Russia. Exclusion from the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018 may be one of the options. Other raises questions around that Russia is hosting the football World Cup later in 2018.
Vitalij Mutko is Russian football president and head of the organizing committee for the World Cup.
Richard McLaren would not to throw himself into the debate. He does not want to say anything about Russian athletes should be deprived of the medals they have taken.
The first Russian reaction to the report has already come:
“- This was what we expected. There is nothing new, apart from empty accusations against us. If you are Russian, you will be accused of everything,” said the politician Dmitry Svisjtsjev to RIA Novosti. He is also President of the Russian Curling Federation.
The first part of McLaren report came in July. There came the serious revelations about Russia’s systematic doping program during the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
WADA therefore requested that all Russian athletes had to be excluded from the Rio Olympics in August.
IOC did not dare to do it, but handed instead to the various international national federations to decide whether the Russian athletes would participate.
Russia ended up with 291 participants in Rio – and these took a total of 19 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze. 111 practitioners were denied participation in the Olympics.
The WADA statement today to the report you will find here: