'1,000 Russian athletes gained from plan to hide doping'
More than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, a WADA report
London: More than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, a WADA report said yesterday.
The second part of a report by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided more details of an elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme operated by Russia.
It said there was a systematic cover-up, which was refined at the 2012 Olympics, 2013 world athletics championships and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and that more than 30 sports, including soccer, were involved in concealing positive doping samples.
"We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games," McLaren told a news conference yesterday.
The sports lawyer added, "It was a cover-up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy."
"It was a cover-up (of) an unprecedented scale and the second part of this report shows the evidence that increases the number of athletes involved as well as the scope of the conspiracy and cover-up.
"We have evidence revealing that more than 500 positive results were reported as negative, including well-known and elite-level athletes, who had their positive results automatically falsified."
No. of positive tests reported as negative
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