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Russia operated state-sponsored doping at Sochi
Monday July 18, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

It was co-ordinated by the Russian Sports Ministry and there are calls for a total Olympic ban. Results from Sochi are tarnished & if changed GB may be in the medals. UPDATED

The investigation was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency following allegations made by the former head of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.

He claimed that he had doped dozens of athletes before the Games.

15 of them were medalists at Sochi in 2014.

The report, by  Dr Richard McLaren, claimed Russia "directed, controlled and oversaw" the manipulation of urine samples provided by its athletes.

The commission looked into allegations made by the former head of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory.

Grigory Rodchenkov claimed he doped dozens of athletes before the Games and that he had been assisted by the Russian Secret Service.

He said that the Russians had worked out how to open and reseal the supposedly tamper-proof bottles that were used for storing urine samples so the contents could be replaced with "clean" urine.

The British bobsleigh team narrowly missed out on medals at Sochi where the Russians came 1st and 4th on the 4-man bobsleigh.

If the Russians were disqualified then GB would take the bronze.

"The results of Sochi must be questioned and the authorities must take the relevant action to make sure the results are accurate and the medals are given to the right people," said the Performance Director of the British bobsleigh team, Gary Anderson.

The IOC says it plans to re-test all Russian athletes who competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Russia topped the medal table at Sochi with 33 medals in total, 13 of them gold.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency has called for a complete ban.

"Given that the Russian Ministry of Sport orchestrated systematic cheating of Russian athletes to subvert the doping control process; and that, the evidence shows such subversion in 30 sports, including 20 Olympic summer sports and Paralympic sports, the presumption of innocence of athletes in these sports, and in all Russian sports, is seriously called into question," read a WADA statement.

"Accordingly, WADA recommends to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to consider, under their respective Charters, to decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee. 

Furthermore, any exceptional entry of a Russian athlete should be considered by the IOC and IPC for participation under a neutral flag and in accordance with very strict criteria. WADA also recommends that Russian Government officials be denied access to international competitions, including Rio 2016."

The report claimed the system put in place by the Russian State extended far beyond Sochi 2014.

It included London 2012, the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and the 2015 World Swimming Championships in Kazan.

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The International Olympic Committee issued its reaction saying it will now carefully study the complex and detailed allegations, in particular with regard to the Russian Ministry of Sport.

"The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated," said the IOC President, Thomas Bach, as the report was published on Monday. 

"In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016," Bach addded.

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Grigory Rodchenkov is now in hiding in the USA.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied his claims and say the report is based on only one source.

Here on PlanetSKI we will be updating this story with further news and reaction later - we previewed the report on Monday in this article.

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