WADA Calls For Russian Ban From Rio Olympics After Report Confirms ‘Unprecedented’ Doping Scheme

by LINDSAY GIBBS – On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released the much-anticipated report on its investigation into Russia’s anti-doping efforts. The findings were damning, particularly for Russian athletes hoping to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio in a mere 18 days. According to the report, the Russian Ministry of Sport erased at least 312 positive doping tests between 2011 and 2015. WADA is requesting that Russia be banned from all international competitions, including the Rio Games. WADA commissioned Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer, to produce the report after Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, acted as a whistle-blower and told the Times about the extensive nature of Russia’s cheating during the Sochi Games in 2014. Rodchenkov told the Times that Russia’s secret service figured out how to open up sealed urine samples months before the Sochi Games began, and during the Games samples from athletes...

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