A key database confirming allegations about doping in Russia made in the McLaren Report has been obtained and studied by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), they announced today.
The information, obtained by WADA’s investigations team from a whistleblower, marks a huge breakthrough in the investigation into doping and sample tampering by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.
WADA have confirmed that the database consists of all testing data at the Moscow Laboratory between January 2012 and August 2015.
The electronic records from are to be shared with the two International Olympic Committee-commissioned investigations into alleged institutionalised doping in Russia.
The new development could be a serious blow to the chances of Russia competing under its own flag at next year’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang.
The information includes details of thousands of drugs tests, providing new evidence which appears to confirm many of the allegations made by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in his WADA-commissioned reports published in July and December 2016.
“WADA continues to stand firmly behind the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation,” WADA President Craig Reedie said.
“This new intelligence serves to reinforce our requirement of Russian authorities that they too publicly accept the outcomes; so that, we can all move forward in rebuilding public trust and confidence in Russian sport.”
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