Russian Federation state-sponsored doping across majority of Olympic sports, claims report

FILE- In this Dec. 25 2015 file

Russian Federation state-sponsored doping across majority of Olympic sports, claims report

It also called for Russian officials implicated in the scandal to be sacked and for "Russian government officials to be denied access to global competitions, including Rio 2016".

Before the report was released on Monday, Russia's track and field team had already been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations - the world governing body for track and field - from competing in the Olympics due to doping violations. WADA also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to worldwide competitions, including the upcoming Olympics.

McLaren said the cover up started in 2010 after Russia's "abysmal" results at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and continued until 2015 after the Sochi Games.

As well as the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, Russia's cheating also included the 2013 track world championships in Moscow.

"How many athletes have quit the sport because they couldn't compete?" asks Dr. Stellingwerff.

The IOC has promised the "toughest sanctions available" but hasn't yet detailed how it would respond to the McLaren report or whether it would act on WADA's recommendation to ban Russian Federation.

"The Moscow laboratory operated for the protection of doped Russian athletes within a state-dictated failsafe system", McLaren said.

That program involved dark-of-night switching of dirty samples with clean ones; it prevented Russian athletes, including more than a dozen medal winners, from testing positive. "Furthermore, the Investigation reveals that State oversight and directed control of the Moscow laboratory in processing and covering up urine samples of Russian athletes was applied to all sport disciplines whose urine samples were being analyzed by the Moscow laboratory." said Reedie.

It acted with "the active participation and assistance of the FSB federal security service, athletes training groups and the Moscow and Sochi laboratories".

WADA's president, Craig Reedie, is also an IOC vice president who will take part in the scheduled conference call requested by IOC President Thomas Bach.

He says they are seeing a unsafe return to politics interfering with sport.

It says Russian athletes benefited from what the report called the "Disappearing Positive Methodology", whereby positive doping samples would go missing. It did not say which officials would be affected.

McLaren also insisted that he was "supremely confident" in the findings of the inquiry, even though "we've had a very intense 57 days".

The US Anti-Doping Agency condemned the "mind-blowing level of corruption" unearthed by the report, which was commissioned following claims made by a Russian whistleblower.

The commission, led by Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Dr Richard McLaren, looked into allegations made by the former head of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory.

Rodchenkov is now in hiding in the United States and wanted by Russian authorities.

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